The 5 Awesome New Features of the Latest Google Maps Update
Getting lost just got a little bit harder.
Google Maps is rolling out new features to its mobile Android and iOS apps that are meant to improve commuting by automobile, train, and even the Uber car service. The company announced the slew of updates meant to prevent “life’s everyday hiccups” Tuesday morning in a blog post.
Here are five of its most notable features and how to use them:
1. When receiving driving instructions, the app will now tell you which lane to stay in or switch to.
One of the worst parts about early-day GPS was how little warning you got that it was time to exit. I can’t count how many times I’ve been instructed by Maps to take a last-minute exit and missed it because it was too dangerous to swerve across three lanes in 45 seconds.
This new feature eliminates those frustrations and will make it both safer and easier to receive on-the-road instructions. There’s no need to enable it. Simply search for directions from one location to the next, tap on the car icon, and the guiding slides will pop up.
On each leg of the trip, there will be a small white box in the upper-left corner of the screen, as you can see below.
It shows how many lanes are on the road, whether they’re turn only, and — most importantly — which one you need to be in.
This may save all of us a little road rage.
2. You can save and search for certain areas of maps to access offline.
Technically you were able to do this prior to the update, but now the feature has been more prominently integrated into the design and made easier to use. You can also now label and store your maps in a designated location, so you can search for them while you’re on the move.