When of the main issues I had when visiting London last year was navigating the Underground, especially during peak times. The amount of people jumping on and off the trains was incredible and sometimes overwhelming. I’ll admit after while things became easier and I didn’t have a problem navigating but it would’ve been so much easier if an app would give me step by step directions. Yesterday, Google introduced public transit directions for the London tube system using either maps.google.com from your computer or the Google Maps application for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.
Google Maps for mobile uses your current location to determine the best trip to your destination. Just search for your destination location, select it on the map and choose the â€œDirectionsâ€ option. The suggested trips will be based on your location by default, and provide you multiple alternatives whenever possible.
If you have an Android phone you have even more features. According to Google:
If youâ€™re using an Android-powered device, you can also get public transport directions withTransit Navigation (Beta) in Google Maps. With this new feature, which we launched earlier this month, youâ€™ll get alerts when itâ€™s time to get off the bus or train at your destination or to make a transfer. Transit Navigation is available in all regions where public transport directions are available, including London.
I’m curious to see how Google Maps handles the Underground in spots where there is no reception or GPS signal.
Learn more about this topic at this link.
More Google Maps for Android updates
Google Maps for Android also recieved an update on Wednesday to bring some new features which include:
- Upload photos for a Place
- My Places as a simple way to manage the Places youâ€™ve starred and recently viewed
- Descriptive terms for Places in search results
- Add a new Place on-the-go when checking in
Happy navigating, travelers!
Source: Google Mobile Blog