Google Maps adds more traffic information and new iPhone features


Google Maps is still the best mapping service, and Google is constantly adding new features. Today the company announced some changes to the way maps are displayed on mobile, along with a handful of new features exclusively for Apple devices to take advantage of new iOS features.

Google Maps has been able to warn you about toll roads for years, and there’s even an option to avoid toll roads when planning trips or using turn-by-turn navigation. However, Google is now going a step further by showing estimated toll prices for an entire route, which was tested last year. The data comes from “local toll authorities”, based on the current day of the week and the time you are expected to reach the toll. Google says the feature will be available later this month for “nearly 2,000 toll roads in the United States, India, Japan, and Indonesia.”

Prices for toll routes in Google Maps

Google is also improving street data for navigation, building on the speed limit indicator that was rolled out throughout 2019 and 2020. Traffic lights and stop signs are now visible on some roads, as well as “enhanced details like building outlines and areas of interest”. Google even adds data on the shape and width of certain roads. The new indicators will be rolled out over the next few weeks on Android, iOS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Finally, Google is updating Maps on iPhone to take advantage of new iOS features. There’s a new widget on the home screen to access pinned rides in your Go tab, which shows arrival time, next departure, and (if driving) suggested routes. The new widget joins others that were added last year, such as traffic and search widgets. You’ll also be able to see directions and start navigations from your Apple Watch, just like you can on Wear OS smartwatches. Google is also adding more integrations for Siri, Spotlight and Shortcuts – you’ll be able to say “Hey Siri, search Google Maps”, for example.

Source: Google Maps

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