As Google Maps turns 15 years old, the product is getting a slight overhaul with a new icon, new navigation tabs, and new features.
First, here’s the new icon. It’s a simple, Google-branded pin which replaces the old map intersection icon.
Google explains the design change in a blog post:
“It’s based on a key part of Google Maps since the very beginning—the pin— and represents the shift we’ve made from getting you to your destination to also helping you discover new places and experiences.”
Starting today, the Google Maps app for iOS and Android will have new navigation tabs at the bottom of the screen. These include:
Google previewed some upcoming Maps features that will be rolling out in March. These include insights about your chosen route based on information contributed by other users.
After choosing a route, you’ll be able to see details such as:
Temperature: Check if the temperature is considered colder or warmer than usual.
Accessibility: Find public transit lines with staffed assistance, accessible entrance and seating, accessible stop-button or hi-visible LED.
Women’s Section: In regions where transit systems have designated women’s sections or carriages, Google Maps will help surface this information.
Security Onboard: Find out if security monitoring is on board—whether that’s with a security guard, installed security cameras, or an available helpline.
To make these features more helpful to everyone, Google Maps users will be invited to participate in a short survey about their experience on recent trips.
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