A charging port is seen on a Mercedes Benz EQC 400 4Matic electrical automobile on the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 13, 2019.
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An up to date model of Google Maps for Android and iPhone is rolling out with a number of new options, corresponding to the choice to seek for electrical automobile stations with quick chargers and an augmented actuality function that overlays extra details about native factors of curiosity on high of the true world round you.
Here’s what’s new.
If you drive an EV, you can filter charging stations to seek out probably the most time-efficient choice. So, in the event you seek for a “charging station” in Google Maps, for instance, a brand new choice seems that lets you filter out to indicate solely “fast charge” stations which can be appropriate with the plug your automobile makes use of. It builds on an earlier replace that enables customers to seek for stations by plug compatibility.
Find stations with quick chargers (left) and plugs appropriate along with your EV (proper).
Fast charging consists of stations with chargers 50kW or larger. The replace is offered in international locations the place EV charging stations can be found, based on Google.
Search with Live View begins rolling out in 6 cities subsequent week.
Google Maps can also be getting an replace to its augmented actuality device. Starting subsequent week, a function referred to as “Search with Live View” will allow you to use your telephone digital camera to seek out out what’s round you.
When you maintain up your telephone, for instance, and faucet the digital camera icon in Maps, you will see close by landmarks, parks, lodges, eating places, bars, banks and ATMs. You’ll additionally see information corresponding to how busy the situation is, whether or not it is open, what the worth vary is and the way it’s rated by Google Maps customers.
The function will first launch in six main cities: New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and Paris.
The capacity to see wheelchair accessibility locations is now accessible globally on Android and iOS.
Google has expanded its Accessible Places function, which exhibits an icon on a business profile to point that it is wheelchair accessible, to all international markets. The choice has been accessible within the U.S., Australia, the U.Ok. and Japan since 2020. Google highlighted that the function will be helpful for people who find themselves strolling with a stroller or a cart, too, since they might need to know if a ramp is offered earlier than visiting a particular location. The accessibility indicator is powered by business homeowners and individuals who use Google Maps.