Smarter routing in Google Maps
What it is: When asking for directions, Google Maps now offers more choices in getting from Point A to Point B.
Why it's cool: You've always had the ability decide how you wanted to get somewhere (either by car, walking, transit, or bike), but now you see all of the alternate routes in one view. Like what you see on the Google Maps mobile apps, it will mark the fastest route in blue while shading the alternates in gray. Then, if you click on a transit route, it will show the next few departure times for that bus, train, or ferry. Maps also will sense when a destination is close (like within a couple of blocks) and will default to walking directions. On a related note, the Android and iOS apps will see improvements this summer.
When it's coming: It's not out for mass consumption yet, but you can sign up for a preview here. When your invitation is ready, you'll receive it via Gmail.
More coverage: Navigating the changes to Google Maps at I/O 2013
May 16, 2013 5:48 PM PDT
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