- Google is also adding new features to make lives easier for EV owners
- Wheelchair accessibility labelling on Maps is now available globally
- The new AR feature is only available in limited regions at the moment
Google Maps is one of the most popular navigation apps out there. The app has just gotten smarter thanks to a new update which highlights electric charging stations around the user, plus the ability to find fast charging locations nearby. This particular feature is currently making its way to both Android and iOS versions of Maps, though it could be limited to certain markets.
In addition to this handy feature to assist EV owners, Google is also bringing augmented reality (AR) related improvements to the navigation app. With the inclusion of “Search with Live View,” users can leverage their phone camera to locate nearby hotspots or places of interest.
In addition to showing nearby ATMs, restaurants, or other landmarks, users can also learn how crowded the place is and check out the ratings given by fellow Maps users.
Search and explore places around you through your camera with Live View 👀 pic.twitter.com/WlBVwsv4ot
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) September 28, 2022
This feature could be handy while exploring a new city. Unfortunately, it is currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, and Tokyo, with more regions expected to be included in the near future.
Wheelchair accessibility info now available all over the world
Another crucial element of Google Maps is its ability to show if a particular establishment is wheelchair accessible. This allows users to make their plans accordingly before visiting a hotel or cafe.
Google is expanding this feature to all users across the globe, although it’s already available in Australia, the U.S., UK, and Japan since 2020. Business owners are required to add the necessary information about wheelchair accessibility in their establishments.