With updates, Google wants to expand its Maps service with new functions such as the display of traffic lights and toll prices.
Google is adding new features to its Maps service with several updates for Android and iOS. This month, toll prices are displayed in several countries for more than 2,000 roads in the USA, India, Japan and Indonesia. According to Google, other countries will follow in the coming months. If you want to avoid the tolls, Google also offers a free alternative route.
Google Maps in the test: free navigation with exact traffic situation information
Detailed map view for a better overview
In the next few weeks, Google will also introduce a more detailed map view for Android, iOS, Android Auto and CarPlay. This shows, among other things, traffic lights and stop signs along the route as well as improved details, which can be used to identify the width of the road, traffic islands and the median. With the more detailed view, Google wants to prevent users from having to change lanes at the last minute or missing a turn.
New features for Apple’s iOS
There should also be some improvements in the coming weeks and months especially for Apple’s mobile operating system iOS. These include new and customized widgets that allow users to access pinned trips in the Go tab right on the home screen. Navigation from the Apple Watch is also possible. Directions can be called up directly from the smartwatch. Google Maps also integrates directly with Spotlight, Siri and the Shortcuts app on iOS. Navigation can be started with “Hey Siri, directions” or “Hey Siri, search in Google Maps”.