17 Aug 2017

6 Amazing Things You Can Do With Google Maps

Have you ever gotten lost while trying to get to an event just because you didn't know the way and had to ask for directions only to be more confused and misdirected? If you have, I bet you never knew you could find your way with google maps.  I remember sometime early this month, my friends and I decided to visit Lufasi nature park, and none of us knew the way. I suggested we change plans to Lekki Conservative, but they all insisted on Lufasi. Guess what, we drove all the way to Lufasi nature Park with the aid of Google Maps. 

Today, I will share 5 amazing things I discovered you could do with the google maps app:

1. Directions to your destination:
I use this a lot. You key in your location, and your destination, and get routes and an estimated time it would take you to get there. An automated female voice directs you. I call her Sally. Most times she mispronounces the names of local routes. Fortunately, if there is traffic or you change your route yourself, she automatically switches with directions of your new route.  

2. Get Traffic Updates:
From your location, you can get traffic prone routes and the fastest route out of the traffic. Sometimes this route is longer. I use this after work to get home. 

3. Share Your Location With a Loved One:
Google bundled this feature into Google Maps, previously it used to be available on Google+. To share your location, open Google Maps and then tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner of the app. Now tap Share location to get started with the setup process. You can share your location for a specific length of time with any of your contacts. Once you’ve selected your contacts, you’ll get a prompt letting you know those people can view your route. You can also create a shareable link of your locale for pals who don’t typically use Google Maps. This lets them see your trek in a web browser. You can also share your trip.

4. Public Bustops and Routes:
You can view bustops routes if you intend taking a public transport to your destination.

5. Fun Spots Near Me:
If you would like to visit fun spots close to you, you could type "things to do near me or fun spots around me" and a list of spots to visit would show up with reviews.

6. Ask Questions:

When you open up a business listing in Google Maps,  you’ll be able to see questions that other people have asked in a Q&A section. You can ask your own queries about the location or upvote useful information. This new Q&A feature was just added to Google Maps for Android today.

These are the 6 I could come up with for now. Do you have fun things you could do with Google Map, please share in the comment box below.