Google Maps will soon get new features including improved Live View and accurate street maps, as well as precise route updates along the way to prevent hard braking.
The new features were announced at the Google I/O developers’ conference.
Google Maps is also introducing a new tool that will assist users to understand which regions are busier than usual. So users can plan travel accordingly. It will also provide more personalised results, emphasising the most relevant locations based on the time of day and whether or not you are travelling.
Google explained in a blog post how forceful braking — a situation in which the driver is compelled to stop suddenly — might result in a car accident or other calamity.
To avoid this, Google Maps can compute various route choices to your destination depending on a variety of parameters such as the number of lanes on a road and a route.
It will then show the user the quickest routes to help determine which one is most likely to alleviate your chances of experiencing a hard-braking scenario.
Live View has been improved
The accessibility of Live View has been improved. A new ‘Live’ button will appear on the maps, allowing you to rapidly switch to Live View to discover details about the shops and restaurants surrounding you.
Google Maps has introduced new street signs at complex crossings to improve Live View navigation. Furthermore, Live View will inform you where you are in relation to destinations like your hotel, so you can always make your way back to your starting point.
More cities to get the detailed street maps feature
By the end of the year, the detailed street maps feature will be available in 50 more cities, including Berlin, Sao Paulo, Seattle, and Singapore. New street maps will show users the location of sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian islands, as well as the form and width of a road to scale. According to Google, this will be especially useful for users who are in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller.