Driving Mode In Google Maps Predicts Your Destination
Google is adding a feature to Google Maps for Android today that guesses where drivers want to go and then helps them get there. Driving Mode factors in the user's home and work addresses, in addition to other destinations from previous searches. When in Driving Mode, for example, Maps will know you've left work and are headed toward home. If it sees traffic problems ahead, it can reroute users even if you haven't selected home as your destination. Alternately, if people sometimes go to the gym after work, it can offer directions there instead. "With a simple shortcut on your home screen, you'll head straight into the new Driving Mode so you're sure to get where you're going on the quickest route possible — without entering a destination," said Google in a statement provided to VentureBeat. "Get information like ETAs, traffic updates, nearby gas prices, and quickest routes to familiar places — like home, work, and recently searched destinations — all from your home screen." Driving Mode has been added to the latest version of Maps, but will be limited in its rollout to the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Driving Mode is being made available slowly over the course of the next week.
Google Adds Real-Time Tabs to Google Maps for Android
Google today updated its Google Maps app for Android devices with new tab-based tools meant to help access real-time information with a single tap. Moving forward, three tabs appear at the bottom of Maps' home screen: places, driving, and transit.
Google Lets Maps Users Book, Pay for Uber without Leaving Maps
Google today made it easier to hail rides from more car services within Google Maps. The new ride services mode now shows a map with a carousel of car providers that are nearby.
Google Maps for iOS Lets You Add Pit Stops
An update to Google Maps for iOS adds useful details about what's located along any given route. Using the refreshed Google Maps, travelers can easily find rest stops, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations — including gas prices — during their journey.
Google Adds Multi-Stop Directions to Maps
Google gave Google Maps users the ability to plan multi-stop trips. The latest version of Google Maps allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.