Google Maps is one of the apps that a lot of people take for granted. They pull it up whenever they need directions, then forget that it’s there on their phones until the time comes when they need it again. This is completely understandable, but it’s important to note that the app isn’t just about maps since Google is continuously making improvements to increase its functionality and make it useful for a wide range of users.
We’ve listed some of the latest and the greatest improvements so far to Google Maps below:
- Wheelchair accessibility
This might not be the first thing that you look for when checking out Google Maps, but it’s the biggest priority for those who are wheelchair-bound. Fortunately, Google is taking steps to cater to wheelchair users by noting on Maps whether a building has a wheelchair accessible entrance or not. This project is relatively new, so accessibility details won’t show up in all structures on the map. Still, the data will definitely become more available as more and more people contribute info about their local establishments. You can do your part by signing up to be a Google Map Local Guide at maps.google.com/localguides/signup.
- Toilet locations
Again, this isn’t something that you might always look up, particularly if you’re in the U.S. or any other first-world country where toilets are everywhere. However, toilet locations are a vital piece of information if you live in India or are planning to travel to and within the country.
Google can now help you with that with its listings of public toilets in India. As of the moment, data for toilet locations is available only for Madhya Pradesh and the National Capital Region, which includes New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and a few other nearby cities. However, this is already extremely helpful since a lot of tourists stop at these areas at least once during their trip. The data is also useful to locals and will greatly help in improving the country’s overall state of health.
- Exciting future features
Tech news blog Ausdroid has announced that they’ve gotten a sneak peek into a pre-release Google Maps version and revealed that they’ve seen some pretty exciting new features. One of these is location sharing, which allows you to share where you’re currently at with a group of friends that you yourself select. There’s a dashboard where you can add new friends to this list and remove those whom you don’t want to be aware of your whereabouts.
Another update is the availability of “hands-free faster routes”. Through this change, you can now simply say “Yes” or “No” out loud when your phone asks if you want to switch to a faster route. It’s a great way to find the best possible route to your destination while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
These are just some of the Google Maps news and changes that you should know about. Stay tuned to get the latest updates about Google Maps and make the most of the features it offers!