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The Google Maps Visual Update Makes Public Transportation Easier to Find

By: Patrick Lucas Austin

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Google is rolling out an update to its Maps app, giving it a refreshed visual style, more easily recognizable markers, and context-aware information. If you’re prone to getting disoriented using public transit, or get frustrated searching for a gas station during a road trip, the update makes it easier to know where you’re going, what’s around you, and where you’ll end up if you’ve missed your station.

The most important update to Google Maps comes in the form of information presentation. The app will show you relevant information based on your mode of transportation. Looking up mass transit directions to get around now puts train stations, bus stops, and subway routes front and center, while using Google Maps to find driving directions will display relevant landmarks like gas stations, as well as traffic information. If you’re like me, you’ll find the highlighting of relevant information more than helpful for figuring out how you’ll get home after missing your train transfer (I took a cab).

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