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Google for Directions
Google it seems to be the new mantra for getting answers on almost anything and, best of all, for getting directions through Google Maps. Whether you are walking, taking a public transport, driving or riding your bicycle, Google Maps is a free app that offers you accurate directions and information. Later, Google also acquired Waze, which is an app for traffic data based on crowd sourcing. So, now you can enjoy directions along with free updates on live traffic data. You can also download the Waze application separately.
You can select the Terrain, Earth or Satellite views and input your current location using the Explore Nearby or the Search feature. Users can save their home and work address, so that navigation becomes easy by just typing the words ‘home’ or ‘work’ in the search box.
Google Maps has offered many new useful updates recently. Its version for iOS and Android devices has brought in an Explore function, which enables users to search for and locate interesting spots near them. The Explore button offers an overview of spots located nearby. It is location sensitive and is also responsive to the context, so you can get different types of results according to the time of the day and according to the weather. In order to derive the best benefits from this feature, you must have the location reporting and the history feature turned on in the app. If you want to know more about a particular location, you can tap on the ‘My location’ found at the bottom right. You can also tap on the blue dot seen on the map and obtain information regarding restaurant reviews and transport schedules. Whenever the user confirms the visited places, the experience of locations feature improves, as the app learns and uses the users’ experience.
The latest features offer massive updates with improved offline maps, better lane guidance and better integration of Uber service. As far as the Lane guidance feature is concerned, the Maps now show the user what lane he or she should be in and what lane to move according to the set destination. There is also a voice guidance offering navigation step by step, suggesting the best lanes to be in, according to the set destination. The feature works for Canada highways and also for roads in Japan and for all local roads and for highways located in all the major cities of the US.
Offline Maps Gets Better
One of the benefits of using Google Maps is that you can save a map and later use it offline. Previously, this feature was not very easy to use. After the update, the feature has improved a lot, as you can search for a particular area that you are planning to visit and then tap on the place sheet. You can then save the map for using offline and access the offline app from the profile icon seen in the upper right hand corner of the Google Maps application.
Using Uber Integration
If users have the Uber application installed on their mobile devices, they can compare routes with the directions for transit and walking through the Google Maps. This feature is especially useful when various transits, such as buses and trains are not running as per schedule or when the walk is much longer than you thought. Users can launch the application by tapping on the Uber option.
The place and transmit information have also improved. Previously, users were able to see the transit options as Depart At and Arrive By. With the latest additions, users can now also view the Last Train. This is a very useful addition, as you can use it while visiting a place that doesn’t have transit throughout the day and night.