Google Maps is getting its share of Google’s powerful assistant. Google announced on Tuesday during its Google I/O 2018 event that it is adding Google Assistant to its famous maps app on iOS and Android. The addition, according to the search giant, will provide better recommendations to users, reports TechCrunch.
Maps has been one of Google’s most helpful apps; helping users to navigate their ways. The app has evolved in the last couple of years, and is no longer just what it used to be. Just last December, Google announced that the app will start telling you when to get off a train or bus during your journeys. The notifications will be interactive and will keep you up to date when out on a journey.
While on a transit journey, Google Maps will appear in the app and on the lock screen of your Android device. You can tap a “start” button at the bottom of the screen with the details about your transit journey. This will enable you to get live updates as you ride in your local trains on buses.
Maps will alert you when you are getting close to your bus stop. Just the perfect feature for a traveler that knows little or nothing about his destination. A perfect tool for individuals who sometimes sleep off during a long journey.
That update was the first clear indication that Google wanted the app to become more interactive when being used. Though, an earlier update launched in March 2017, had shown that the company was clearly working towards integrating AI into the app.
That time, Google quietly updated its Maps app with a feature that helps you remember where you parked. The update allows you to park your car, open Google Maps, and tap on the blue location dot. Google will then present you with a new menu offering “save your parking” that lets you store all the info you need to find your car.
The interface not only saves your current location; it also adds a big “P” icon on the map. The dot location can be adjusted to include, photos and notes to your parking lot. Google also added a “Time Left” field if there is a parking space; this will let you set “time left” that will count down the time remaining.
The iOS version of the app, which has not been as lucky as the Android version in terms of regular update, got updated recently with real-time transit info.
When you swipe up, you will be greeted with three tabs including the explore tab and transit tab. These three tabs will assist you to find a nearby restaurant, escape traffic, or catch an upcoming bus. It is pretty good to know that all three new features are compatible with all iOS devices.
The driving tab provides you with a summary of traffic information for the area including possible delays that might add time onto a commute. The information you get here could include current ETAs for your home and work addresses if you save them in your app’s settings. While the transit tab provides you with estimated bus and train schedules at stations in your area.