a series of updates coming to Google Maps as part of the company’s larger goal of delivering more than 100 AI-powered improvements to the platform by year-end. The new enhancements, detailed during Google I/O’s developer conference this , are new routing updates, Live View enhancements, an expansion of detailed street maps, a new “area busyness” feature, and a more personalized Maps experience.
The new routing updates will involve machine learning and navigation information to help reduce “hard-braking moments,” meaning when traffic suddenly slows and you have to slam on your brakes.
Today, when you get your directions in Maps, Google calculates multiple route options based on various factors, like how many lanes a road has or how direct the route is. The update will add one more: which courses are least likely to cause a “hard-braking moment.” Google will recommend the road with the least likelihood of those moments if the ETA is the same or the difference is minimal between other ways. The company expects this change to potentially eliminate 100 million hard-braking events in routes driven withevery year.
Live View,in 2019, will soon become available directly from the map interface so you can instantly explore the neighborhood and view details about nearby shops and restaurants, including how busy they are, recent reviews, and photos. It will also be signs for complex intersections and tell you where you are about places like your hotel, so you can make your way back more quickly when in unfamiliar territory.
Google will also expand the more detailed maps it first rolled out to New York, San Francisco, and London. These maps offer more granularity, and street info like sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian islands. The information can benefit those who navigate a city by foot, scooter, bike, or wheelchair.
By the end of 2021, these detailed maps will be available in 50 more cities, including Berlin, São Paulo, Seattle, and Singapore.
Another new feature expands on the “busyness” information Google already provides for businesses based on anonymized companies for health and safety. Now, Google Maps will display “busyness” info for parts of towns or neighborhoods to help you avoid (or perhaps locate) crowded areas — like a street festival, farmers’ market, or nightlife spot, among other things.collected by Maps users. During the pandemic, that feature became a helpful way to avoid crowds at local stores and other
Finally,will begin customizing its interface to the individual in new ways. For starters, it may show relevant information based on the time of where you are.
If you’ve traveled out of town, Google Maps may show you landmarks and tourist attractions instead.d For instance, when you open the map at 8 a.m. on a weekday, you may seemore prominently highlighted, but at night, you may see dinner spots. And if you want to more of the same, you can tap on any place to see similar homes nearby.
these features will roll out globally across iOS and Android in the coming months but did not provide an exact time frame for each specific part. The more detailed maps will arrive by year-end, however.