Google Maps’ real-time notifications, live guidance to make travelling much easier

Google Maps will soon update you when to get off the bus or train.

| Updated on: Dec 11 2017, 12:39 IST
Get real-time updates on Google Maps.
Get real-time updates on Google Maps. (REUTERS)
Get real-time updates on Google Maps.
Get real-time updates on Google Maps. (REUTERS)

Google will soon roll out an update to its Maps service, adding live guidance and interactive real-time notifications while travelling.

This essentially means Google Maps will serve you real-time updates while a user is in transit. For a more immersive experience, the notification will appear within the Google Maps app as well as Android lock screen. The live updates will be available for all users whether they are travelling by foot, train, bus or car.

For users, they will not have to do anything different than what they do for navigating from one destination to another. To activate this, one can search for directions to the desired location on Google Maps, as always.

However, with the update in place, a user will soon be able to tap a "start" button at the bottom the screen with details about the journey.

Furthermore, Google Maps will reportedly remind users of their final destination, and flash an update on when to get off the bus or train when his/her destination is approaching. Google is expected to roll out the update in the near future.

Google's new features have surfaced shortly after the company added a two-wheeler mode. The feature is targeted at the markets such as India where a large number of users take two-wheelers to commute. Google Maps will also show customised navigation for two-wheelers and routes that are not accessible for cars or trucks. The feature has been rolled out in India first and will be released in other countries very soon.

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First Published Date: 11 Dec, 12:36 IST
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