Google Maps turns 15 this Saturday (8). To celebrate the date, the app for Android and iPhone (iOS) renewed the design and announced a series of new features, which will be made available in March to all users. According to Dane Glasgow, vice president of Google's map app, the news includes a new icon and improvements for daily commuters. O update it also brings changes that facilitate the search for services or entertainment.
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Among resources for users of public transport, Google Maps will also start to display information about air-conditioning temperature and if there are female cars available in the vehicle. In Brazil, information on municipal bus schedules in real time will be expanded to 61 cities, including Recife, Salvador and Macei.
Google Maps celebrates its 15th anniversary with a new look and unique functions Photo: Divulgao / Google
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The main highlight of the new version of Google Maps is the organization of the application. The three current tabs "Explore", "Day by day" and "For you" will become five: "Explore", "Day by Day", "Saved", "Contribute and News". The traditional "Explore" guide has not changed and continues to offer details and reviews of restaurants, shops, museums and other services.
J "Dia a dia", which until then showed common routes from home to work, from work to college, etc. separately, start displaying them on the same map. The tab informs you of traffic updates in real time and allows you to choose the best route for any mode of transport.
Google Maps will have five tabs to make life easier for users Photo: Divulgao / Google
The "Salvos" section improved functions already existing in "For you". In addition to gathering the list of favorite places, the guide allows you to organize plans for your next trip and access reservations made at restaurants. In "Contribute", it will be possible to evaluate places. Finally, "News" features a feed with points of interest curated by a community of experts and local editors.
Public transport users can check detailed information about the vehicle on Google Maps Photo: Divulgao / Google
Public transport users will have access to information that goes beyond the route, approximate time of arrival and estimated train, metro or bus allocation, resources already available on Google Maps. Now, the app will also display data shared by other passengers, such as the temperature of the air conditioner, whether there are accessibility features in the vehicle, whether there are female-only cars and whether transportation is safe.
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In addition, information on public transport schedules in real time will be expanded to 61 Brazilian cities, including Recife, Salvador, Guarulhos, Macei and Aracaju. The application will provide details on lines and routes, in addition to scheduled vehicle departures and information on delays (check, at the end of the story, the complete list of cities that will receive Google Transit).
Live View: feature with augmented reality gains simplified visualization Photo: Divulgao / Google
The Live View feature, which uses augmented reality to facilitate viewing the route to the destination point, has also received improvements. In the new version, Google Maps will now indicate how far and in which direction the destination is. The giant arrows on the images captured by the cell phone camera will continue to be displayed at each turn, but whoever has to travel a shorter path can benefit from the simplified visualization.
Below is the list of cities added by Google Transit:
- Recife and metropolitan area
- Mogi das Cruzes
- So Caetano do Sul
- Franco da Rocha
- Juiz de Fora
- Alm Paraba
- Lindia waters
- So Carlos
- Ribeiro Preto
- drinking fountain
- So Sebastio
- Beautiful island
- So Gonalo do Amarante
- Victory of Conquest
- Simes Filho
- Volta Redonda
- big River
- Santa Rita
- Nova Iguaçu
- So Joo da Barra
- purple Belford
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