Whats new on Google Maps?

by Felicity Dudley on Tuesday 5 September 2017

1. Videos for local listings

Google announced in the Local Guides Forum that they now are rolling out support to upload videos to Google Maps local listings on Android devices. This essentially means that customers can upload a tour of their favourite coffee shop or instantly create a video review of a restaurant they have just visited. 

2. Maps will now find your parking

Google is making it easier to find a place to park with a new feature in Google Maps for Android. Users will be able to tap a new 'find parking' option, which will locate them to the nearest free and paid parking locations nearby. This is currently only available in the US, but is planned to be rolled out globally in the coming months.

3. Questions and answer feature

A new 'Frequently Asked Questions' feature has been created to sit underneath business listings within Google Maps. This means that rather than calling ahead to a museum or restaurant, the user is able to scroll through popular questions that have been answered by fellow customers of the business themselves, or alternatively, ask a new question themselves. 

Writing on Google's official blog, a company spokesman said: 'No matter where you’re headed or what you’re looking to do, Google Maps and Search highlights the information you need to make quick decisions and discover the world around you.

'To make sure “Questions & Answers” contains the most accurate and useful local info possible, business owners can add frequently asked questions and answers as well.

'In addition, when you ask a question about a place, we notify the business owner and other in-the-know users to see if they have knowledgeable answers to contribute. 
'When your question is answered, we notify you too.'  

4. SOS Alerts

Aiming to give users more information when a crisis occurs, Google’s new SOS Alerts is the latest addition to its family of crisis response search features. This will send updates on any accidents that have occurred in their local area, in order to help divert a route. Google says users geographically close to the crisis may get mobile notifications pointing to information around the incident.