Google on Wednesday (July 27) announced three additions to its popular GPS navigation app. The first was teased at Google I/O 2022: 3D aerial views of over 100 famous landmarks from around the world. New York, Tokyo, and Barcelona are just a few cities that support this. Google says you can find these features by searching for the relevant landmark and looking at the “Photos” section of the menu.
Perhaps a more practical use would be some of the more nuanced bits of information that Google will add to a cyclist’s navigation directions. According to Google, cycling directions will now alert users to things like car traffic and stairs. It’s not a breakthrough improvement, but those things could ruin one cyclist’s day, so it will be a great addition for most cyclists.
Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, Google is adding some new social features to Maps. If a friend chooses to share their location with you, you will be able to receive notifications when they arrive and leave a specific location. The idea is to make it easier to coordinate large meetings, events, or travel – don’t panic when your friends forget to text you. For the privacy-conscious. Google says anyone who shares their location with a friend will receive regular push notifications letting them know this is happening in case they want to opt out.