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 Maps Will Now Tell You When to Get Off Your Bus or Train
Google has updated Maps for Android with a new feature meant to ensure people don't miss their stop when using public transportation, such as buses or trains. Google says the new tool supplies not only departure times and ETAs, but it can also alert people when it is time to get off a bus or train in order to make a transfer or arrive at their destination.
Google Refreshes Maps to Help Aid Navigation
Google today announced a significant change to the appearance of Google Maps. According to Google, it has updated the look of driving, navigation, and transit maps in a way so ancillary information is more visible, such as gas stations when driving or train stations when riding the rails.
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.