Google Maps is adding new features and offering advice on the best times to travel during the holidays to reduce stress and save time, as mentioned in blog posts on Wednesday.
This travel guidance is based on information from last year’s Thanksgiving season. In addition to the real-time travel estimates provided by Google Maps, this gives you a better idea of when to plan your journey.
The company’s blog post says that these updates will be available in the next few weeks.
Over 1 billion people use Google Maps each month, and Google is actively working to improve the service to make travel more convenient. These holiday tools are the second set of updates from Google Maps in the past month. In late October, the company introduced some new and improved features, including Immersive View, which allows you to virtually explore a city.
For those traveling around Thanksgiving, it’s recommended to steer clear of the roads between 4 and 5 p.m. on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the big day. Instead, consider driving on Monday or Tuesday after 8 p.m. (local time), according to data from Google Maps. If you’re planning to drive on Thanksgiving itself, the optimal times are before noon or after 4 p.m.
For Black Friday shoppers, the least crowded times for travel are before noon or after 7 p.m. The busiest period is between 3 and 4 p.m.
If you’re going home over the weekend, the best time to start your journey is around 7 or 8 p.m. local time. The least favorable time is between 3 and 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Google Maps provides additional tips in this blog post on the optimal times to go to bakeries and grocery stores throughout the entire holiday season. It also offers advice on how to avoid peak hours at the post office.
Using Emojis and Additional Transit Information
One of the recent additions is aimed at eliminating the need for you to stress over planning where to meet up with friends and family. You can now share a location with friends, and members of the group can express their opinions using emojis, such as a heart or a thumbs down. This feature is a part of the existing list feature that lets you save locations.
The new tool will be available for iOS and Android in the coming weeks.
Google Maps is also enhancing communication in their content reviews. Users can now react to a photo, video, or review with an emoji, and others can see their reactions. Google Maps states that this is to assist users in making more informed decisions, and the rollout is starting now.
Google Maps is introducing a feature that enables users to customize their transit route experience in more detail. You can specify criteria like travel duration, walking distance, and the number of stops, and Google Maps will provide you with the optimal route. This functionality will be available on both iOS and Android in the upcoming weeks.
Google Maps is unveiling new features for stress-free holiday travel. Based on data from last year’s Thanksgiving, it advises optimal travel times, adding to real-time estimates. Updates roll out soon. With over a billion users monthly, Google Maps continually improves. Recent tools include Black Friday shopping tips and enhanced transit customization, with emoji-sharing for location opinions. Available on iOS and Android, these updates aim to make travel and planning more seamless.