Google Maps introduces new features: here’s what you need to know

Google Maps has announced new features just in time for the holiday season.

In a blog post, the search engine giant said Thursday that its Live View feature will be rolling out to London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo.

Live View allows users to explore their surroundings with the help of artificial intelligence, including billions of Street View and Augmented Reality images.

People can see places that aren’t in their live view as well as basic information, including hours of operation, how busy the store is, what its price range is, and whether it’s been highly rated by the Google Maps community.

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It is available on Android and iOS from Apple.

In addition to. Google has made it easier for electric vehicle users to find the best charging stations for their cars.

Search for “EV charging stations” and select the “fast charge” filter – you’ll see stations with 50kW chargers or higher so you can charge even faster. You can also filter for stations that offer your EV plug type in more countries so you’ll see Only terminals that have plugs that are compatible with your car,” Google explained.

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Both of these capabilities are now available on Android and iOS in countries where EV charging stations are available.

Finally, Google’s Reachable Places setting is now available worldwide on Android and iOS.

After the job is turned on, users will see a wheelchair icon on the work profile if it has a wheelchair-accessible entrance.

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Entrances without a wheelchair accessible entrance will have the same symbol with a line through it.

People can also see if the place has accessible seating, restrooms, and parking.

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Google said accessible places can also be useful for those who want to avoid stairs.

“With easier, more sustainable and accessible ways to explore and navigate, Google Maps can help you get the most out of your vacation so you can focus on the festivities,” she said.

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