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Google is adding a handful of new features that will make its incredibly useful Google Maps service even more practical.
As Google Maps Product Manager Aditya Dhanrajani explains, the current iteration of Google Maps doesn’t account for common pit stops – like having to get gas or use the restroom. And once you do pull over to top off the tank, it can be a bit annoying to realize after the fact that a service station just down the road offers fuel at a much cheaper rate.
Google will soon be rolling out an update to Google Maps designed to make your next pit stop – be it for fuel for your vehicle or yourself – more convenient and affordable.
Once updated, you’ll notice a magnifying glass icon while in navigation mode. Simply tap it to get a drop-down filled with useful pit stop options including gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores and coffee shops. Alternately, you can tap the search icon or use voice commands to seek out whatever it is you’re looking for.
Best yet, you’ll be able to see how much time a particular detour will cost you and add it to your route instead of having to restart navigation each time you stop.
Dhanrajani said the new functionality will be rolled out in an update for Android users in the coming weeks. No word yet on when – or if – other mobile platforms will get the update.
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