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Google Rolls out ‘Maps’ Updates Globally

"Google Maps" would also keep a track of eateries featured in the "trending" lists that users have tried and would want to try out, based on their interests

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Google has now rolled out updates to its “Maps” globally that were introduced in May, including the redesigned “Explore” tab with quick recommendations for eatries and more.

With the updates, users would be able to find exactly what they have been looking for, including restaurants, bars and cafes.

“Whether you’re staying local or planning a trip, you can always find the perfect spot no matter where you are in the world,” Sophia Lin, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

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The new “Explore” tab would surface the top events and activities happening around, along with photos, descriptions and filter by categories like “good for kids,” “cheap” or “indoor or outdoor.”

“Google Maps” would also keep a track of eateries featured in the “trending” lists that users have tried and would want to try out, based on their interests.

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Additionally, the “Location History” feature would come with a “Your Match” choice, which, depending on a numeric rating would suggest users “how likely they are to enjoy a place based on their own preferences.”

The “Explore” tab is available to all Android and iOS users globally and the “Your Match” feature is accessible to Android users worldwide, Lin added. (IANS)

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For Delhi Commuters, Google Maps Now Show Auto-Rickshaw Routes

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops

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Commuters in the national capital can now view “auto-rickshaw” routes as well as fares on Google Maps app, tech giant Google Monday said.

“Starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode in Google Maps — auto-rickshaws. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares,” Google said in a statement.

The new feature will reflect fares based on the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police, it said.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

This feature will be available in the Google Maps app on the Android devices.

The idea is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the price of journey, Google Maps Product Manager Vishal Dutta said.

“Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route,” he added.

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By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride.

Dutta said the feature will also help the users plan their journey better.

“…so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead — like a bus or the metro,” he explained.

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Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops worldwide, the statement said. (IANS)