Google Maps offers a VR-based live view, EV charging information, and more.
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(Pocket-lint) – Google Maps has gained a number of new features, including live view in select countries and improved real-time EV charger information.
The Google Maps update adds new features and changes existing ones to solidify its position as one of the best mapping apps on iPhone and Android. This new update is especially important if you drive an electric vehicle.
Starting with augmented reality, Google says Live View is now available in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo for users of its Maps app on iOS and Android. Live View uses AR to help people find points of interest such as cafes and shops by holding their device in the air and seeing map and directional data directly on the screen.
For some time now, electric vehicle drivers have been able to get real-time information about local charging stations. But Google Maps now offers a new filter that allows you to choose to see the locations compatible with fast charging. These are locations with chargers with a capacity of 50 kW or more, which allows cars and trucks to be charged faster.
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Other improvements include the global extension of information on wheelchair accessible places and stairs. Prior to this update, this feature was only available in Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States. Accessible seating, washrooms, and parking can all be viewed through the “Accessible Places” setting in the Google Maps app.
All of these changes should be available now in the Google Maps app on your platform of choice.
Written by Oliver Haslam.