Google Maps launched in 2005, as a web mapping service that offers satellite imagery, aerial and street views, including 360° interactive panoramic views of streets, and real-time traffic conditions, among others.
The company last week marked the Maps platform’s 15th birthday with a new look and bevy of new features, and for the Google Maps app, a whole new icon. Along with the new look, Google Maps has also removed the hamburger menu, with the app getting two more tabs at the bottom, making a total of five.
But most notable of the new features is the Transit data which has added live arrival times and crowd predictions, and offer new aspects of traveling via public transit. And transit riders are now able to see temperature in advance so that they can plan whether to dress cool or bundle up.
There is also a new accessibility information to allow riders know which bus or train lines offer easy entrances and whether there are help attendants for disabled passengers.
What's the functions of each tabs on Google Maps app?
The new changes to Maps UI, include the various pages organized into five tabs at the bottom of the screen; the functions are as follows:
- Explore: The Explore tab offers recommendations and reviews of nearby restaurants, activities, and attractions.
- Commute: Offers directions for various location, the travel time estimates, traffic data, and other related information.
- Saved: A list of saved locations that is customisable for quick access and organized by category and shareable.
- Contribute: Here, you can submit photos, reviews, and other suggestions for business places on Google Maps.
- Updates: Feed for recent reviews and updates for places you've visited, trending locations, and recommendations from Local Guides.
New Transit Data: Live view Assistance and Attributes
These are helpful updates for you to get around more easily and effectively, with the Live View mode, which offers real-time AR help when walking to a place. It will show you the exact distance of your destination and the easiest direction.
When traveling by public transportation, Google Maps will display important information about the facilities along your route, including available vehicles and transport system. While Google Maps shows how crowded your route is, with the new update, you can now give information or find about other “transit attributes” like current temperature in train or bus, and whether there are disability-accessible entries.
Additionally, it allows you to get such information as security personal and other safety measures on-board the public transportation, with some regions listing designated places for women, if available and how many train carriages are available on the route.