Google’s AI efforts aren’t limited to addingor. The software giant is also taking its software smarts and applying them to Google Maps, introducing new capabilities to the popular directions app.
Google detailed these Maps improvements during its. The changes will roll out to both Android and iOS versions of the mapping software in the coming months and introduce a few new features while enhancing some of the Maps capabilities you may already be using.
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Google plans to expand its tools for measuring how busy places are, with Maps soon to be able to tell you the foot traffic in specific neighborhoods and sections of cities. The idea is that you can avoid the places that are overly crowded — or head directly to them, if you’re the kind of person that enjoys a happening scene.
Google Maps recommendation improvements
You can fire up Google Maps for more than just directions, as the mapping software also can tell you about nearby businesses, eateries and other points of interest. Those suggestions are going to get a lot more focused going forward, according to Google.
Specifically, if you launch Google Maps in the morning, you’re likely to see recommendations for where to get coffee or breakfast, as opposed to dinner options. Weekend road trips may be more likely to have points of interest appear within Google Maps.