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Google Maps AR mode can be more precise, more useful than GPS

Google Maps AR mode can be more precise, more useful than GPS

You may not know it yet, but your location is almost as important as your email address and password. It is one of the things hackers and advertisers love to know, precisely because of how much we've come to unknowingly depend on it. From check-ins to store deals to, of course, navigation, we've come to rely on location data in our modern lives. Even in navigation, however, location can be a hit or miss, both powered and limited by GPS technology. That is why for the next evolution of Google Maps, the search giant is mashing together augmented reality, computer vision, and AI to deliver more accurate and more useful directions and information.

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Google Maps speed trap warnings have arrived for some users

Google Maps speed trap warnings have arrived for some users

Google is finally bringing some of Waze's most convenient features to Google Maps, the most notable being speed trap warnings. Signs of the upcoming feature first appeared in November, later showing up again in December. Now some users are reporting the ability to see speed trap warnings in the app; the alerts are based on reports made by other drivers in the area.

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Google Street View Trekker backpack updated with lighter, smaller design

Google Street View Trekker backpack updated with lighter, smaller design

Google has introduced an updated Trekker system used by its partners to capture locations around the world. The updated device is lighter in weight than the previous version, also featuring a "sleeker" design, higher resolution sensors, and more. The new version is partly based on feedback from people who have used the system, according to Google, which offers access to Trekker through its trekker loan program.

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Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

We're fast approaching a time when a lot of people will be traveling around the country, and it isn't holiday travel without delays. Google today announced that it's rolling out new functionality to Google Assistant that will alert you to potential flight delays before they're made official. We're also getting a new feature in Google Maps that will help visitors to a new city discover things to do.

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Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps already supports quite a few transit options, but today it's getting one more. Google has announced that it's partnering with Lime to show the locations of the latter company's scooters and bikes within Google Maps. The roll out is starting small, but should be expanding to more areas soon.

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Google Maps For You heads to iOS amid major Android expansion

Google Maps For You heads to iOS amid major Android expansion

Over the summer, Google Maps received a whole host of new personalization features. At the center of these is the "For You" tab, which makes recommendations for events to attend and restaurants to visit based on each user's tastes. Today, the For You tab is launching for iOS, around half a year after first arriving on Android.

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Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google has added support for hashtags to reviews posted on Google Maps. The new support enables users to tag relevant keywords in their reviews, which may then help other users find content that discusses what they are specifically interested in. Someone could tag a restaurant as being #quietandcozy, for example, or #familyfriendly.

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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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