Google’s Maps team announced today some new features for the Google Maps preview, including the addition of the most requested feature they have been fielding since the release of the preview. Directions for multiple destinations will begin rolling out to users today. The ability to add multiple destinations can be used when planning a route for driving, biking or walking. A small “+” has been added to the interface, which will open a new entry that can be added by typing in the search box or clicking on the map. In addition, once you have a listed of locations added, you can rearrange them by dragging and dropping them within the list.
Google also continued the process of melding their products together loosely based on the Google Search framework. When searching for a location like an airport or restaurant, Google will display cards with information about any reservations or other activities you have planned at that location. This same information can be quickly accessed in the mobile version of Google Maps through the recent search history. Google indicates this new feature is currently limited to U.S. users and is available in English only.
The final addition Google announced today was the display of venue information via an “Upcoming Events” card. Again, by typing a location in the search box like a theater or arena, a card will pop up with a schedule of events. Google indicates this feature will work even with generic searches like “music venues.”
Google promises “there’s a lot more coming soon,” but until then they have at least addressed what has probably been one of the top two gripes about the Google Maps preview.
source: Google Maps Blog