On Apple Watch, users will now be able to use Google Maps by simply tapping on a shortcut. Previously, navigation started from the iPhone before a user could access it on their Apple Watch. Users can also add the “Take Me Home” complication to the watch to easily start navigating. Finally, Google is also integrating Google Maps for iOS into Spotlight, Siri and the Shortcuts app. Users will be able to ask Siri for directions once the feature is rolled out next month, together with enhanced Siri search functionality.
Google Maps for iOS has received an update that adds new features that make it easier to use the app while on the go. An updated navigation map, new widgets to access maps from the Home Screen, and standalone support for Apple Watch are among the new features. A new pinned trip widget has been added to Google Maps for iOS, allowing users to view journeys they’ve pinned on the Go Tab from the iOS home screen. This makes getting directions while on the road much easier. When the user is driving, the widgets display the user’s arrival time, the next departure for transit journeys, and route suggestions.
Other Features Coming to Google Maps. Aside from those new features specific to iOS and Apple Watch, Google is also rolling out new features to Google Maps in general. One of these is the addition of toll prices. With this new feature, users will be able to see toll prices to their destination before they start navigating. Toll pricing information is provided by local authorities. Google Maps will also suggest toll-free routes as alternative options. This feature will be available on iOS for almost 2,000 toll roads in the U.S., India, Japan and Indonesia.
Lastly, Google is also adding rich new details to Google Maps. Once the update is issued, users will see traffic lights and stop signs along the route as well as enhanced details like building outlines and areas of interest. More detailed information such as shape and width of roads will also come for select cities. The new navigation maps will start rolling out to iOS and CarPlay covering select countries in the coming weeks.