Google Maps gets three new features: Glanceable directions, Immersive View, more. All details here

Google Maps gets three new features: Glanceable directions, Immersive View, more. All details here

Google has introduced several fresh features for Google Maps, as outlined in a blog post by the company. Here are details on these new features:

Glanceable directions

Google is introducing a new feature called “glanceable directions” in Google Maps. This feature allows users to conveniently track their trip progress directly from the lock screen or route overview. By opting in and requesting directions to their destination, users can easily stay informed about updated estimated arrival times (ETAs) and upcoming turns. 

Previously, this information was only accessible in full navigation mode. If users decide to take an alternative route, Google will automatically update the trip accordingly. Glanceable directions will be gradually released worldwide this month and will be available for walking, cycling, and driving modes on both Android and iOS devices.

Updates to Recents

Google has implemented a feature in Google Maps that allows users to save places in their Recent highlights, even when they close the Google Maps window. The purpose of this feature is to enable users to take breaks from planning their trips and return to it later without losing their progress. 

According to Christina Tong, a senior product manager at Google Maps, users have the flexibility to remove places they have already viewed, plan multiple trips simultaneously, and share a selection of places (such as attractions or hotels) with their travel companions to gather their input. Once users have determined the locations they wish to visit, they can choose three or more destinations, click on “directions,” and Google Maps will generate a customized route that encompasses all the selected stops. This route will be saved in the user’s Recents section.

Immersive View 

Google has recently introduced Immersive View in four additional cities, namely Amsterdam, Dublin, Florence, and Venice. Moreover, the company is extending this feature to include more than 500 renowned landmarks worldwide. 

By utilizing advanced AI technology, Immersive View combines a vast collection of images to construct a multidimensional perspective of various locations, accompanied by reliable information presented in layers.

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Updated: 15 Jun 2023, 10:17 AM IST

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