A few days ago, Google officially announced a new feature on Google Maps for iOS. This feature called Area Busyness aims to help users with the busyness of the holiday season. According to Google, Area Busyness on Google Maps will roll out “in time for this holiday season”. This feature gives you busyness information for locations that are close to you. This can be very useful as you don’t want to drive into a bad traffic when you have alternative routes. According to Google, Area Busyness will help users to avoid busy areas. This feature also identifies the hot spots in an area. This will be particularly useful when you are in a new area.
In addition, Google Maps also adds another feature, Directories. This feature makes it easier for people to navigate malls, airports, and transit stations. The Directory will show detailed information about the malls, airport, or transit station. It will give information on the type 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, Google said
“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”.
Furthermore, Google will expand its grocery store pickup feature. Google Maps now supports tracking order status from Kroger, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Ralphs, and Marianos. Also, these stores can also know whenever you arrive. In addition, Google Maps will now have 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.