Google releases a handful of new features for Google Maps. These new features will improve the local shopping experience for customers. Google Maps new features include Area Busyness, Directory tab, Detailed Restaurant reviews, Grocery pickup.
Google also publishes statistics related to local shopping during the holiday season. This includes the most popular times to visit certain categories of businesses and more. All these new features are now available in Google Maps worldwide.
Google Maps New Features
For those who prefer to avoid large crowds, Area Busyness s a perfect feature for them. Customers can now see how busy a particular area is before they get there. It combines live busyness trends from individual businesses that are in close proximity to each other.
The new feature also lets users check how busy a particular part of town is at its busiest. The new feature also lets users check how busy a particular area or location is at different times of the day. This also includes restaurants, shops, and other places like museums, etc. Area Busyness starts rolling out globally on Android and iOS, in time for this holiday season.
How to Access this feature?
To access Area Busyness data, open Google Maps and tap on an area to see how busy it is at different times of the day. Google Maps will show you how busy the area is currently, and how busy it’s estimated to be throughout the day.
The Directory tab is another outstanding feature. It shows you which stores are in a building and helps with locating airport lounges, car rentals, parking lots, and more. For Instance: If you’re in a large shopping mall, the Directory tab will display a list of businesses and show you if they’re open, what their star rating is, and what floor each business is on.
Google Maps is expanding the Directory tab globally on Android and iOS for all airports, malls, and transit stations.
3) Detailed Restaurant reviews
Google will be offering more detailed information about a local restaurant which is all based on information provided by other customers. Moreover, it shares details about a particular restaurant or eatery with details like whether a restaurant or cafe has outdoor seating, delivery service, curbside pickup, and more. Google is also adding a price range for dining sports.
All these details are based on Customer reviews. The information provided in customer reviews will be shown in the restaurant’s main listing. The feature is currently rolling out in the US.
4) Grocery Shopping
Another exciting feature this is arriving soon with the new update is Grocery pickup. It is not a new feature. Google Maps piloted a feature earlier this year that allows customers to order groceries for pickup.
Google Maps is now expanding to over 2,000 store locations in 30+ states throughout the US. Customers can utilize the feature to order groceries from Kroger, Fry’s, Ralphs, and Marianos.
After placing the order, Google Maps will track the order status and allow customers to share their ETA so the store knows when they’ll arrive.
Google estimates that people who use this feature typically wait less than five minutes for their order to be ready for pickup.
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