Google Maps has been around for a while now, but the app has only just started to take off. Just two years ago, the app was still in its infancy and had a lot of room for improvement. But as time has gone on, we’ve seen many improvements to the app and it’s become one of our favorite mobile navigation tools. It might not have the bells and whistles that you can find on a dedicated GPS navigation app like Google Earth or Waze, but for $4 per month or $50 per year, it’s got everything you need with detailed maps of your area, voice-guided streets and lanes, turn-by-turn navigation, camera integration and more. So what are you waiting for? Get downloading! Here are 10 new features that Google Maps just released last week.
No one ever said being a street-side guide was an easy job. Many tourists are put off by the idea of driving around a city on their own and experiencing it firsthand. But with Roadside Assist, you can get behind the wheel and observe the city from the driver’s seat. There are two types of assistance offered with Roadside Assist: live assistance and on-demand assistance. With live assistance, you can request assistance at any time by dialing 1-800-ROUTE-1 (available 24/7). With on-demand assistance, you can set up a request and then get directions when you’re ready to go.
Google Maps now has Street View, which allows you to take a virtual tour of any place you’re interested in. Start by tapping the place you want to explore, and then tap the “+” icon in the bottom-right corner of the map to add to the tour. You can choose between panoramic or Street View views, and see what your surroundings look like from every angle.
Live Marker Data
This new feature is meant for commercial real estate listings, but it has some pretty handy uses for everyone. With live market data, you can see the exact location of every sign, light, and structure in a map view of your area.
If you do a lot of driving and take risks with the traffic, you might want to check out the Delegate Driving feature. This lets you give yourself a pass and let others take the wheel while still retaining control of your car.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get around town, in-neighborhood routing is a great way to go. Just select a neighborhood on the map, and you’ll be taken to the neighborhood information page where you can see local businesses, attractions, and transportation options. From there, you can pick and choose which route you’d like to follow to get to your destination.
Walk Score Integration
Another new feature that Google Maps just implemented is Walk Score integration. This means that when you’re looking at a place on the map and see a green “Walk Score” icon, that means you have an average of 60-100 meters (1/4-3/4 of a mile) to most places of interest in your area. This is great for when you’re looking for a quick and easy way to explore a new city.
If you’ve been using Google Maps for a while, you might have noticed that the app has been getting more and more useful the more you use it. This is because Google’s maps are getting better and better every day, and it’s showing no signs of stopping soon. From live traffic updates to new walking and biking directions, Google Maps has it all. The only thing left for us to do is wait patiently for the next exciting update to hit our screens! If you’re interested in learning more about Google Maps, check out our buyer’s guide for the app to learn about all the features it has to offer. If you’re just investing in a basic navigation app, the Google Maps app is a great way to go.