Google Maps Now Lets You Add A Stop Along Your Route, Check Gas Prices

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Maps Now Lets You Add A Stop Along Your Route, Check Gas Prices.

Google announced today it’s rolling out an update to its Google Maps mobile app that will (finally!) allow users to add a stop along their current route. Now, through a new drop-down menu in Maps, users can view gas stations with their prices, as well as a list of stores and restaurants, along your route.

Google Maps is a staple at this point for those that want to use a map service on their mobile device, and that’s due to the ridiculous amount of features that Google bakes into the software to make commuting even easier.The aim with the latest Google Maps update is to “make stressful times easier,” which it most certainly will, as you are now able to add detours to your route in Google Maps.

For example, you’ll be able to search for things like gas stations, grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants while still in navigation mode, then add them as a detour on the way to your final destination. A similar feature was previously available in the Google-owned mapping application Waze, which received a notable makeover yesterday, but has been a long-requested feature among Google Maps users for some time. Simply put this will allow you to add multiple stops along your journey without resetting the final destination, so it’s less time fumbling with the smartphone and more spare time to make those stops along the way. If the drop-down options aren’t what you need, you can always add a detour to your favorite coffee shop by tapping the search icon or by using voice commands,” Google Maps product manager Aditya Dhanrajani wrote in a blog post about the update.

If the detour you’re looking for isn’t listed among Google’s options, you can add it by searching for the destination and marking it as a favorite. Google says that this new update is going to be released first for Android over the next few weeks, it goes without saying that this feature will eventually be making its way to the iOS app as well. Plus, after you select a detour or stop, the app will begin a countdown of about 10 seconds before navigation will automatically switch over to that destination, notes the blog Android Police which was able to grab the SDK for the updated app and test it out. However, before, adding a detour meant you’d have to stop your current navigation session, search for a new destination, then follow that new route.

That changes with this new feature, though, as Google Maps will now automatically show stops that are within short distances away from the planned route.

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