Google Maps is always ready to assist you get to your destination, and the newest inclusion to its list of functions is a partnership with one of those electric scooter firms that have left their vehicles all over the streets. Now, if you have looked up a path on Google Maps and have made a decision that walking is too slow and other transportation means will not work, it can direct you to close-by Lime bikes or scooters.
Beginning this week in 13 cities (Austin, Auckland, Brisbane (AU), Baltimore, Indianapolis, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Oakland, Scottsdale, San Jose, and Seattle), a navigation alternative displays how long it will take to get to machine in addition to the estimate for the time and cost of the ride.
If you select Lime as mean of transportation, then it will take you to the dedicated app, or hop over to your handset’s app store (on Android or iOS) if you do not have it downloaded.
On a related note, Earlier 9to5Google highlighted a blog post from Google declaring a new function for Google Maps: texting businesses. After it launches to Android and iPhone consumers, there will be a new button for “message” on the slide out drawer present in the left side that allows you text the companies you see in Google Maps.
A company that wishes to participate will require using “My Business” verification system of Google and its allied application to receive and send texts. That application was just renovated. The renovation makes it more of a one-stop destination for small companies to update their data for Google and to communicate with users.
This new feature seems quite useful to the companies as well as users, making job easier for all. But the fact still remains true that the original messaging system by Google is still messy.