Google today hosted its ‘Live from Paris’ event wherein the company announced a major update for Google Maps. At the event, the tech giant shared seven new features that will soon be arriving on Google’s navigation app. While some of these features expand the availability of the company’s existing features, others introduce brand new functionality within the app. Also Read - Oppo's new Find X6 Pro brings 1-inch camera sensor to take on Xiaomi 13 Pro
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What’s new in Google Maps
Google Maps’ Glanceable Directions feature will let users track their journey from their route overview or lock screen. With this feature, users will be able to see updated ETAs and where to make their next turn — information that was earlier visible by unlocking the phone, opening the app and using comprehensive navigation mode. Furthermore, the company says that it will update the trip automatically if a user decides to take another route. Also Read - Twitter to soon increase long-form tweets to 10,000 characters: Musk
As far as availability is concerned, Google said that it will start rolling out Glanceable Directions globally on Android and iOS in the coming months. The company also said that this feature will be compatible with Live Activities on iOS 16.1.
Google first announced the Immersive View feature for Google Maps at I/O 2022. Today, the company announced that it has started rolling out this feature to users in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. In the coming months, the company will make this feature available in more cities, including in Amsterdam, Dublin, Florence and Venice.
For the unversed, Immersive View feature shows a multi-dimensional view of an area with critical information like the weather, traffic and busyness layered on top of the map.
Live View availability
Google recently made its Live View feature available in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo. Today, at its Live in Paris event, the company said that in the coming months, it will expand the availability of this feature to Barcelona, Dublin and Madrid.
Indoor Live View availability
Google also announced that it is bringing its Indoor Live View feature to more than 1,000 new airports, train stations, and malls in Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Paris, Prague, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Taipei in the coming months.
Adding charging stops to shorter trips
Coming to the EV-focused features, Google said that on any trip that will require a charging stop, Google Maps will suggest the best stop based on factors like current traffic, your charge level and expected energy consumption. If a user doesn’t want to visit that particular station, they can easily swap it with another one with just a few taps. This feature is available for EVs with built-in Google Maps.
Very fast charging stations
Google is also introducing a ‘very fast’ charging filter in EVs that come with Google Maps built-in. This feature will let users find stations that have chargers of 150 kilowatts or higher.