If you can’t wait to travel with friends and family during the sunny months, Google Maps is a great time to plan your trip. This update to Google Maps includes new cycling directions, notifications for location sharing, and new virtual-vacuum imagery of the world’s 100 most popular landmarks.
Take advantage of the new cycling route information and get ready for the ride
In the past few months, the number of cyclists around the world has increased by more than 40%. With the rise in oil prices and the increasing emphasis on sports and environmental protection, it is natural to see more people choose this more sustainable mode of transportation.
And Google Maps has been providing cycling directions for more than 12 years. In addition to using AI technology, Google also uses data from cities, trusted mapping partners, and feedback from the Google Maps community.
Now that Google Maps has a new version of bicycle route information, if you choose to ride a bicycle to any destination, you can not only see the altitude and steepness of the road, but also immediately know whether the route has a planned bicycle lane, and if you are passing through it. type of road, such as a major road or a local street.
In the coming weeks, cycling route information will be pushed to hundreds of cities that offer cycling routes, including all cities in Taiwan, so you can be fully prepared before you hit the road.
Stay connected anytime, anywhere while ensuring personal safety
With Google Maps’ new location-sharing notifications, you can see when friends and family are arriving or departing, making it easier to coordinate your trips, and more peace of mind. Google designed this feature with user privacy in mind, so you can only set notifications for users who choose to share their location with themselves.
Let’s say you’re going to a concert with a group of friends, and they’ve chosen to share their location with you,
At this time, you only need to use the address of the concert venue to set the notification, you can grasp the arrival time of everyone, and you can also set the notification to check the time when the other party leaves the venue, so that it doesn’t matter if you get separated.
Explore global landmarks in a new way
To help you plan your trip with Google Maps, Google will put pseudo-vacuum images of 100 of the world’s most popular landmarks on Google Maps, including Barcelona, London, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, and more.
Combining AI technology with billions of high-quality Street View, satellite, and aerial imagery, this feature is Google’s first step toward immersive reality. Just search for a placemark on Google Maps and click on a photo to see if a placemark has aerial images to refer to.
Lets say that you plan to travel to London in the near future, you can use this function to see the appearance of the London’s Watchtower up close to decide whether to add this landmark to your itinerary.