Google Maps marks 15-year milestone with new features

  • Sunday 09, February 2020 10:47 AM
  • Google Maps marks 15-year milestone with new features
Sharjah24 – AFP: Google Maps marked 15 years on the road with the rollout of new features for the popular mobile app which has helped move navigation into the digital age.
The tech giant is marking the occasion with a new look and product updates, vice president of product Dane Glasgow said in a blog post.

Google has dominated the market for navigation apps in recent years but the latest updates appear aimed at staying ahead of challengers including from Apple, which recently revamped its own maps application.

A Google Maps "explore" tab offers reviews and details regarding restaurants, shops, theaters and other venues, taking advantage of location-sensing capabilities in smartphones.

A "commute" tab in the Maps application promises to deliver efficient routes to or from work whether people are driving or using public transit.

Google has more than one billion monthly active users for its app, and has mapped more than 220 countries and territories and offers live traffic updates in 171 countries.

The app has also been a target for disinformation, and Google said it took down some three million fake business profiles entered by users in 2018 alone.

Last year, Google added a feature that predicts how crowded a bus, train or subway is likely to be.

Transit tidbits have been enhanced to include whether buses or trains tend to be hot or cold, accommodations for people with disabilities, and whether there is security on board.