Google Maps revealed three new features to help users coordinate.
“Whether you’re checking out top landmarks in a new city, planning to hop on your bike, or hanging out with friends around town, these updates have you covered,” said Google Maps’ Amanda Leicht Moore (Opens in a new window).
New views, old landmarks
Enjoy photorealistic aerial views of Barcelona, London, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
Search for landmarks in Google Maps’ Photos area to get aerial views (if available) before adding them to your itinerary.
This is Google Maps’ first step toward producing a “immersive view(Opens in a new window)” from billions of Street View, satellite, and aerial photographs.
Cycling route information
Since 2004, Google Maps has included bike directions. Maps is upgrading its cycle route information because more people are using bikes.
Maps is providing new bicycle information based on local data, cartographic partners, and community feedback. Users can compare routes and get more granular details.
Choose a destination to discover if you’ll encounter high traffic, stairs, or steep hills, and if you’ll be on a main thoroughfare or a local street.
Location-based meetup notifications
Location-sharing notifications make catching up with friends easier. By turning on location sharing, you can set a notice for a meeting spot (e.g. a cafe) to see when others have arrived (or left).
Only contacts who disclose their location with you will receive Maps app and email notifications. In settings, users can stop sharing location or block notifications.
Google Maps for Android and iOS is rolling out aerial landmark views and location sharing notifications; cycling route information will appear “in the coming weeks” in cities with cycling directions.