It’s not such a nice thing to get stuck in bad traffic. This is why Google is pushing a new update for the Google Maps known as Area Busyness. The job of this new update is pretty easy but very important “showing you crowded areas”.

According to Google, the Area Busyness update on Google Maps will be pushed out “in time for this holiday season”. With this new features, you get busyness information for locations that are close to you.

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This is very useful for users to avoid traffic and follow alternative routes. Google said the Area Busyness feature will help users to avoid busy areas. And if you’re new to an area, this feature will also identifies hot spots for you.

Google Maps direction

In addition to the Area Busyness feature, Google Maps will also include a new feature called Directories. This feature is aimed at making users go through malls, airports, and transit stations. The Directory feature will show users detailed information about malls, transit stations, or airport.

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Users can get information on the types of stores in the building and also show their rating. It will also give information on available lounges, parking lots, and more.

Regarding Area Busyness and Directories features, the Blog post on Google reads;

“Whether you’re heading to your hometown or exploring a new city, you can use Area Busyness, a new feature that combines live busyness trends to help you instantly spot when a neighborhood or part of town is near or at its busiest. Say you’re not a fan of crowds — just open Google Maps to see places to avoid, like the area near a holiday fair.

And if you’re traveling and want to check out some of the more popular areas in town, you can easily pinpoint which neighborhoods are lively. Want more info? Tap on a neighborhood to see how busy it is at different times of day, along with the restaurants, shops and recreational places (like a museum) within it, so you can decide if you want to visit. Area Busyness starts rolling out globally on Android and iOS, in time for this holiday season”.

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Google will also expand its grocery store pickup feature. Google Maps now supports tracking status of order for various store such as; Kroger, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Ralphs, and Marianos.

Google Maps update

Google maps will also now include price range for restaurants to give people an idea of what to expect. This will save people the time of checking into a restaurant that they can not avoid.

Source | Google Blog

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