Google is making it easier for the users of its Google Maps apps to share their ETA with friends and families as well as find charging stations for their electronic vehicles (EV).
Following the new updates, you’ll be able to share your live location — a feature similar to the one available on WhatsApp — directly via your Google Maps app.
Users will be able to share their live location, route and ETA with the selected contacts. The update also allows sharing of live location updates via 3rd party apps like Facebook Messenger, Line and WhatsApp.
Until now, users had the option to share live location on WhatsApp for 15 minutes, an hour or 8 hours but with the new update, once your journey has ended, the live location sharing will end too automatically.
“After you’ve started navigating to a destination, tap on the ˄ button and then on “Share trip progress.” From here you’ll be able to share your live location, route, and ETA with all your favourite contacts,” Google stated.
You can not only share your live location if you’re in a car or motorcycle but also while walking or cycling.
Both of these features are available for Google Maps app users on Android or iOS
Another update for Google Maps, which was released earlier this week on Tuesday, let’s users search for charging stations for their electric vehicles by simply typing and searching for keywords like ‘ev charging’ or ‘EV charging stations’.
In addition to the location of the business providing EV charging, Google Maps will also show you the types of charging ports available, charging speeds, and the number of available ports.
Users will also be able to access reviews about the station from other drivers, including photos, ratings, and questions.
Charging stations that will be shown around the world to Google Maps users include:
Country-specific charging stations are listed below:
- US: SemaConnect, EVgo, Blink
- UK: Chargemaster, Pod Point
- Australia and New Zealand: Chargefox