Google Maps will get an update to help check the capacity of a location. Now, in addition to searching for an establishment and checking the information on its page on the platform, it will be possible to use only the application map to know, in real time, if a space is very busy. The feature should be released soon for Android, iOS and the web version.
In navigation, Google Maps highlights pointers from places that it considers most relevant. With the change, they will start counting, already on the map, with short messages, such as “busier than usual”, “a little busy” and “not very busy”. The real-time information about the stocking will also be presented by the application when you are heading to the location.
According to Google, Maps’ peak-time and real-time capacity engagement increased 50% between March and May. This is explained by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, which made people better plan to leave home. “During the pandemic, this information became an essential tool, helping people to quickly understand how busy a place must be so they can make better decisions about where to go and when,” said the company.
The expectation is to quintuple the number of locations that have movement data in real time. To this end, the platform plans to take this information to more establishments such as grocery stores, laundries, pharmacies and gas stations, as well as open spaces such as beaches and parks.
Google Maps will update Live View
Live View, Maps’ augmented reality mode, will also get updates. In the coming months, the resource will start to display, on Android and iOS, data on the capacity of the establishments to which the cell phone is being pointed. The idea is to allow users to have information about the capacity and opening hours of places such as restaurants and stores as soon as they pass in front of them.
Google Maps has also started to highlight health care in establishments for users who require masks and check customer temperature, for example. The information is offered by those responsible for the places, but soon it can also be offered by users.