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Google Maps speed trap warnings and crash reports appear in test

Google Maps speed trap warnings and crash reports appear in test

Google is testing new features in Google Maps that mirror offerings already available in Waze. The company is looking into both speed trap warnings and crash reports, both of which are already available in its other transportation app. Some users have access to these reports now, though it's unclear how many people are seeing them at this time.

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Google Maps lets you keep tabs on stores instead of them tracking you

Google Maps lets you keep tabs on stores instead of them tracking you

Almost all businesses these days keep track of customers and even just visitors, especially online. Of course, not everyone agrees to this now common practice and disable online tracking, like what Mozilla just provided in the latest Firefox release. Now Google is turning the tables a bit on those businesses. With the new feature in Google Maps’ “For You” tab, users will be able to track stores, locations, and businesses, too. Of course, they’ll only see what store owners want to show them.

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Google Maps real-time ETA sharing feature arrives on iOS

Google Maps real-time ETA sharing feature arrives on iOS

Google has added a new feature to Google Maps for iOS: the ability to send an ETA to someone else. The feature was recently updated for Android users back in August and now it can be used from an iPhone, as well. With it, Google Maps users on iOS can share their live location with contacts in real time, enabling others to see their ETA without waiting for manual updates.

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Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps is adding electric vehicle charging station information, promising to make powering up an EV or plug-in hybrid more straightforward. The new functionality is being added to the Google Maps app for iOS and Android today, and will follow on in the desktop version in the coming weeks, Google says.

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Google Maps gets new features to help manage your commute

Google Maps gets new features to help manage your commute

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who counts their commute as their favorite part of the day. The new features rolling out to Google Maps today probably aren't going to do much to change that, but the hope is that they make commutes a little less miserable or unpredictable. This new Google Maps update includes everything from music streaming integration to a new commute tab that will give you detailed information about what to expect on your drive in.

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Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Most people will agree that vacations are great, but the process of getting them all planned out is not. Between booking a hotel, finding the right price on a flight, and figuring out what to do once you finally get to your destination, there are a lot of moving parts and plenty of potential for frustration. Google is hoping to streamline the trip planning process with a host of new features it's rolling out a variety of different products.

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Google Maps Group Planning launches: Here’s how to use it

Google Maps Group Planning launches: Here’s how to use it

There are few things as enjoyable as going out with friends, but actually getting there is something that can take a lot of debate and discussion. Google is trying to help with that, as it's started rolling out Group Planning in Google Maps. This is a feature that was first announced at Google IO earlier this year, and this week it's arriving on iOS and Android.

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Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps has navigated its way to CarPlay, with Apple's in-car infotainment interface opening up to Google's app with the arrival of iOS 12. One of the most-requested features of CarPlay since it launched, it means no longer being forced to use Apple Maps when you hook your iPhone up to a compatible in-car infotainment system.

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Google Maps beta for iOS 12 plays nice with CarPlay

Google Maps beta for iOS 12 plays nice with CarPlay

For a time, iOS locked its doors to other web browsers like Firefox unless those used its WebKit web engine. While that is in the past, there are still other parts of Apple’s ecosystem that remain closed off to other players unless they’re to concede some ground to Apple. One of those is CarPlay, which can only use Apple Maps for its navigation. That’s changing in iOS 12 and now Google Maps has a beta that reveals just what it had to do to get in.

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This genius Google Maps location sharing feature just went live

This genius Google Maps location sharing feature just went live

Google has quietly updated its location sharing feature in Google Maps, including details that might calm your friends and family's fears if you suddenly disappear from the map. Location sharing has been a feature of Google Maps since last year, allowing users to selectively share their current position with their contacts.

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Google Maps now shares battery level, shows Earth isn’t flat

Google Maps now shares battery level, shows Earth isn’t flat

Google Maps is one of those conveniences of modern life that many can't imagine life without. But more than just helping us not get lost, Maps also has one other somewhat controversial feature: location sharing. Now more than just knowing where your friends and family are, you will also be able to see how much battery they have left. You know, in case you need to swoop in to their rescue with a power bank.

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Waze’s incident reporting is coming to Google Maps on Android

Waze’s incident reporting is coming to Google Maps on Android

Google Maps has long been the definitive mapping and directions app on both Android and iOS. One recent challenger to that standard has been Waze, which features crowd-sourced data on driving conditions to keep its information accurate and up-to-date. Waze was such a stand-out service that Google actually acquired it about five years ago. While Waze has never been absolved into Google Maps, like many expected, one of its best features might finally be making the jump.

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