Google Maps for mobile is getting a major update with new features that will make it easier for users to plan and navigate their trips. The update includes an Immersive View for routes, more detailed navigation, and new EV updates.
Google Maps new Immersive View for routes can help to plan and navigate trips more confidently
Google announced at its I/O 2023 event that it is rolling out Immersive View for routes, more detailed navigation, and EV updates to Google Maps.
Immersive View for routes
Immersive View for routes feature allows users to preview their entire route in 3D before they go. It gives users a better understanding of what to expect on their journey, including bike lanes, sidewalks, intersections, and parking. Immersive View for routes also shows users air quality information and how the route looks as the weather changes throughout the day.
To use Immersive View for routes, simply get directions on Google Maps and then tap on the “Immersive View” tab. Users can then pan, zoom, and tilt the Immersive View to get a better look at the route. Users can also use the time slider to see how the route looks at different times of day and in different weather conditions.
Immersive View for routes is currently available in 15 cities, including London, New York, Tokyo, and San Francisco. Google plans to roll out Immersive View for routes to more cities in the coming months.
More detailed navigation
Google Maps is also getting more detailed navigation, with new features like lane guidance and turn-by-turn directions for cyclists and pedestrians.
Lane guidance feature shows users which lane they need to be in to make their next turn. This can be especially helpful in complex intersections or on busy highways.
Turn-by-turn directions for cyclists and pedestrians will provide users with step-by-step instructions on how to get to their destination. This can be helpful for cyclists and pedestrians who are new to a city or who are trying to navigate a complex route.
Lane guidance is currently available on select highways in the United States and Canada. Turn-by-turn directions for cyclists and pedestrians are currently available in select cities around the world. Google plans to roll out these features to more cities and countries in the coming months.
EV updates featuring new filters, estimate charging time and more
Google Maps is also getting several updates for electric vehicles (EVs). These updates include new filters for finding EV charging stations, estimated charging times, and information on whether a charging station is available or not.
The new EV charging station filters allow users to filter EV charging stations by type of connector, charging speed, and price. This can help users find the perfect charging station for their needs.
Estimated charging times are now available for select EV charging stations in Google Maps. This can help users plan their trips more efficiently and avoid running out of power.
Information on whether a charging station is available or not is also now available for select EV charging stations in Google Maps. This can save users time and frustration by helping them avoid going to a full charging station.
The new EV updates are currently available in the United States and Canada. Google plans to roll out these updates to more countries in the coming months.