It is likely to be arduous to imagine, however there are nonetheless some extremely helpful options that may be added to Google Maps. The latest addition brings traffic-light and stop-sign icons to navigation mode.
Visitors lights have appeared in Google Maps in some areas since 2020. Not everybody had entry to them, although, and so they by no means appeared to point out up whereas navigating. Now, lights and cease indicators will seem on everybody’s routes whereas navigating. That ought to give customers a greater really feel for a way their journey will go and when they need to flip. Google says many extra regular map particulars will quickly be seen within the navigation view, together with constructing outlines and areas of curiosity.
Whereas a ton of particulars pop up on the common map, navigation mode beforehand stripped out most of them, and the areas between roads have often been clean. For cities with a excessive stage of Google Maps particulars, you may additionally begin to see the particular form and width of a highway, together with medians and islands.
Google says, “The brand new navigation map begins rolling out to pick out international locations within the coming weeks on Android, iOS, Android Auto, and CarPlay.” The options are apparently rolling out in phases, too. Proper now, I am seeing lights and cease indicators however no constructing particulars.
Maps can even begin exhibiting estimated toll costs in your total journey once you begin navigating someplace. Google says it’s pulling in “trusted data from native tolling authorities” and can “take a look at elements like the price of utilizing a toll go or different cost strategies, what the day of the week it’s, together with how a lot the toll is predicted to price on the particular time you’ll be crossing it.” Toll-free routes are additionally nonetheless an choice. Google says, “You’ll begin seeing toll costs on Android and iOS this month for practically 2,000 toll roads within the US, India, Japan, and Indonesia—with extra international locations coming quickly.”
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