Google Maps update: 5 features that are finally here
1. Taking the toll road
For the first time ever, Google Maps will allow users the option to view estimated toll prices while mapping out their route. This makes it easier to choose between toll roads or toll-free routes depending on a variety of factors, including toll pass or other forms of payment, the date, and time a user is expected to be crossing it based on route configuration.
According to Google, toll estimates will span more than 2,000 roads across the US, Japan, and Indonesia with support for even more countries rolling out soon.
2. Detail-rich maps
An all-new navigation experience in Google Maps enables users to more easily interpret directions with user interface visualization for traffic lights, stop signs, buildings, medians/islands, and precise road width.
Google states that these changes “…decrease the odds of making last minute lane changes or missing a turn”, but users will have to test the improved maps for themselves to see if these claims hold true. Good news for those who can afford to fill up their RV with gas - no longer find yourself squeezed in on a tight road!
3. Enhanced widgets for iOS
A widget designed specifically for transit will additionally allow users to view arrival and departure times, while the Google Maps search widget has been reduced in size to unlock one-tap navigation access for frequent destinations.
4. Apple Watch independence
Ideal for cellular-enabled Apple Watch models, a new “take me home” complication can be added to a user’s watch face to instantly map out directions home.