As for the holidays, Google wants to make life easier for map users. The company is introducing three major new features for its app, including the search for a fast charging station for its electric car.
Google is introducing some welcome and long-awaited new features to its Maps smartphone app at the start of the week. On the menu, more information about building accessibility, new filters for charging stations and the official access to the Live View search option.
Travel more efficiently
With the holiday season approaching, many will be on the road to visit family. The Google Maps mobile app has already taken into account toll rates and fuel costs at the start of the last school year. From now on, electric vehicle users will be able to benefit from more accurate assistance in their travels. The app adds new filters, including one to show only fast charging stations.
The map will then display stations that have chargers of at least 50 kW. It is also possible to define your route taking into account the type of socket used. The charging station search function and real-time information appeared on the app in the spring of 2019. Electric vehicle users now have many small tools to help them make the best trips possible.
Live View and Accessibility
The Live View search feature was announced last September, and it’s coming to the iOS and Android versions of Google Maps. Live View, which is only available in certain major cities such as Paris, New York or Tokyo, allows you to navigate the city using augmented reality. To use this feature, simply click on the camera icon in the mobile search bar. It is then possible to see, through the camera, information about the places in the field of view: ratings, opinions, attitude, etc. It is also possible to search for a place to go and the app will indicate which direction you need to go.
The Reachable Places function, which was released in 2020 in just four countries, is finally available everywhere in the world. Indicates whether the destination the user is searching for has disabled access. If there is an accessible location, a blue wheelchair icon will appear in the result. Google determines that if the information is mostly provided by the managers and owners of the venues, the functionality also depends on the contribution of the users themselves. They can already provide information by clicking “About” in the respective place, then “Update this place”.