Google Maps update shows fast-charging EV stations, new AR views

A charging connector is seen on a Mercedes Benz EQC 400 4Matic electric vehicle at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 13, 2019.

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An updated version of Google Maps for Android and iPhone is introduced with several new features such as: B. the option to search for electric vehicle stations with fast-charging stations, and an augmented reality feature that superimposes more information about local points of interest on top of the real world around you.

Here’s what’s new.

Find fast chargers for your electric car

If you drive an electric vehicle, you can filter charging stations to find the most time-efficient option. For example, if you search for a “charging station” on Google Maps, you’ll see a new option that allows you to filter out to only show “fast charging stations” that are compatible with your car’s plug. It builds on a previous update that allows users to search transmitters by plug compatibility.

Find stations with fast chargers (left) and plugs compatible with your electric vehicle (right).

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Fast charging includes stations with chargers from 50 kW. According to Google, the update is available in countries where charging stations for electric vehicles are available.

New AR feature for Google Maps

Live View search will roll out in 6 cities next week.

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Google Maps is also getting an update for its augmented reality tool. Starting next week, a feature called Search With Live View will let you use your phone’s camera to find out what’s around you.

For example, if you hold up your phone and tap the camera icon in Maps, you’ll see nearby landmarks, parks, hotels, restaurants, bars, banks, and ATMs. You will also see information e.g. For example, how busy the location is, whether it’s open, what the price range is, and how it’s rated by Google Maps users.

The feature will initially roll out in six major cities: New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo and Paris.

Google adds wheelchair accessibility information to global maps

The ability to see wheelchair-accessible locations is now available worldwide on Android and iOS.

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Google has expanded its Accessible Places feature, which displays an icon on a business profile to indicate that it is wheelchair accessible, to all global markets. The option has been available in the US, Australia, UK and Japan since 2020. Google stressed that the feature can also be useful for people traveling with a stroller or cart, as they may want to know if there’s a ramp available before visiting a specific location. Accessibility Gauge is powered by business owners and people using Google Maps.

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