25 October 2021
Secret Things You Can Do When Using Google Maps
Online mapping is an essential feature in this day and age. We use it to look at transport times, store opening hours, as well as getting from point A to point B. However, there are some extra features you may not be aware of.
Google Maps is the most popular of all the online mapping systems, so naturally it has its own set of nifty features aimed to help make your journey easier. Here’s some of the best examples:
Check how busy a location is: As a taxi driver, it’s in your best interest to be around places where you’re most likely to pick up a passenger. You can search it on the app and check the “Live” section where you can see the location’s busiest hours. This is great for when you want to plan a taxi run for later in the day.
View AR Live View as you walk: Whilst this may not be necessary for a taxi driver (yet), such a feature can be great for a passenger who is having trouble finding where you are located. Live View uses the phone’s camera to display directions and information over the delay, making it easy to navigate cities. Why did we say “yet” earlier? It’s because if such technology is made safe for drivers, it could work wonders when lost and needing directions.
Automatic diversions: You may have not noticed this before. Google Maps will automatically redirect you if it detects that a part of the route you’re taking is closed. This feature is especially useful when you’re driving in an area you’re less familiar with.
Real-time transit data is available: If you are waiting at the taxi rank for passengers to arrive? You can use Google Maps to search for when the next train is going to arrive at the station. You can view exactly how crowded the train is to get a rough estimate of how many passengers will be arriving soon.
Street View: Not sure what your destination looks like? Just search it up on the Google Maps app and click on “Street View”. This will give you a 360 degree of the area, so you can view essential sites you should look out for.
Add a stop along the way: Perhaps you need to stop for fuel, or a passenger has asked you if you know of any Burger Kings along the route. Either way, you can add up to nine points on Google Maps as you make your journey, so there’s no need to worry about being stuck for fuel.
Share your location: This feature is essential for drivers as well as passengers. At times, you’re going to have journeys where you’ll feel safer if someone knows where you are, as well as where you’re headed. This is what the “share your location” feature does, it allows you to select a friend to view exactly where you are. All you need to do is select your journey, and hit the “Share Location” option.
Download Google Maps to give offline directions: Phone data is precious, and sometimes we only have a limited amount of it. By downloading Google Maps of your local area, you can get directions without using up your data. The one issue this will cause however, is the lack of live traffic updates that may be necessary for your journey.
Checking the weather: You can now use Google Maps to look up weather conditions in a specific area. This could be especially useful if you need to figure out whether it’s worth getting in the taxi to find passengers, and can also be necessary when dangerous weather has been forecasted.
Play tunes: If your passenger is okay with listening to music along the journey, you can connect accounts such as Apple Music, YouTube Music and Spotify to your Google Maps app, as long as you have the other apps available on your phone.
(Image Credit: Google Maps)