Three new features, announced on Wednesday 9th October, by Google’s Maps team, including support for directions for multiple destinations and new tools that will help users manage their reservations and upcoming events. For three months Google tried to build a better map, based on our input, and now they are ready to announce one of our most requested features – directions for multiple destinations – which will begin rolling out today.
The ability to add multiple destinations can be used when planning a route for driving, biking or walking. A small “+” has been added to the interface, which will open a new entry that can be added by typing in the search box or clicking on the map. In addition, once you have a listed of locations added, you can rearrange them by dragging and dropping them within the list.
Also, users can now find their flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations right inside of the desktop Maps application. As long as you are signed into your Google account, accessing this info to help your planning process, is very easy.
In order to activate the reservations features, users will have to simply search for a certain event inside Google Maps, whether it’s a flight or upcoming dinner plans.
When searching for a location like an airport or restaurant, Google will display cards with information about any reservations or other activities you have planned at that location. This same information can be quickly accessed in the mobile version of Google Maps through the recent search history. Google indicates this new feature is currently limited to U.S. users and is available in English only.
Last but not least, you can now view upcoming events by simply searching for a particular venue or theater. For example, if you search “Warfield San Francisco,” you can select “Upcoming Events” and see shows that are making their way through town. It’s a great way to keep track of all of the music acts/stage shows taking place right in your own city.
Google promises that there’s a lot more which are coming soon, but until then they have at least addressed what has probably been one of the top two gripes about the Google Maps preview. So, whether you’re running weekend errands or planning a cross-country tour, just start to use the new features in Google maps (simply and easy) and enjoy!
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