Tech Giant Announced Several Improvements for Google Maps

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A man hand holding screen shot of google maps app showing on LG G4.

Google Maps is a very popular web mapping service developed by Google. Recently, the tech giant announced several improvements for its popular mapping service. Let’s have a look at the improvements. For example, updated to its COVID overlay, as well as takeout ordering features and real-time crowdedness information for public transport.

According to the tech giant, Google Assistant driving mode gives users access to features like voice controls for music while a user is driving. The company is launching in preview in the U.S.

Interestingly, the Google Assistant driving mode was first announced at Google I/O 2019. People should keep in mind that the mode offers voice controls for features like phone calls and media playback from inside the Maps navigation screen. As a result, users can access them while keeping their eyes on the road. Based on the information provided by the company, users will have the option of enabling the mode via a pop up in Maps, or else from the Google Assistant settings.

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Let’s have a look at the COVID-19 overlay for Google Maps. Interestingly, in the coming weeks, it’s adding more information to it across Android and iOS. This includes details about the amount of cases detected in total in an area. Moreover, it will provide links regarding the COVID information provided by local authorities.

Moreover, there are improvements coming to the information Google Maps shows about public transport. Based on the information provided by the company, Maps can now show a user how crowded public transport is in real time. As a result, people have the opportunity to avoid a particular train or bus route if it is going to be difficult to socially distance. As a reminder, it uses feedback from Maps users and will be available on Android and iOS around the world.

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