Google maps – Cooper Maps http://coopermaps.com/ Wed, 27 Oct 2021 21:24:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://coopermaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Google maps – Cooper Maps http://coopermaps.com/ 32 32 This alternative to Google Maps is improving on CarPlay because really why not https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/27/this-alternative-to-google-maps-is-improving-on-carplay-because-really-why-not/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/27/this-alternative-to-google-maps-is-improving-on-carplay-because-really-why-not/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 21:24:00 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/27/this-alternative-to-google-maps-is-improving-on-carplay-because-really-why-not/ While Google Maps is currently the most popular navigation app on iPhone and Android (and, therefore, CarPlay and Android Auto as well), that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the perfect fit for everyone.

In fact, the best navigation app doesn’t exist just because everyone is using the tool that best suits their needs.

However, TomTom is trying to create an all-in-one product that offers users more features and is also regularly updated with more features.

And that’s exactly what happened this week with the company’s TomTom GO Navigation, its flagship mobile navigation solution available on iPhone and Android.

The new update, however, targets the iOS version of the app, so those benefiting from the improvements this time around are iPhone and CarPlay users.

TomTom GO Navigation version 2.8 is therefore available for download now from the App Store, and this update includes a little something for everyone.

First, the app is now available in a slew of new countries including Turkey, Morocco and Chile (its Android sibling was recently updated with extended availability in those regions as well). Next, TomTom GO Navigation offers a simplified privacy screen on onboarding, according to the official changelog, along with new Siri shortcuts.

Siri Shortcuts are a great way to start certain tasks faster, and TomTom’s support for this feature is very handy for those who rely on GO Navigation during every driving session. All it takes is a push or a command sent to Siri to use this feature.

Needless to say, users who are already running the TomTom app should install the update ASAP, especially since this is a version filled with goodies.

In the meantime, Google Maps also received a new update this week on CarPlay, and if your iPhone has already been updated to iOS 15.1, you should totally install it.

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Priya Krishna on ‘Cooking at Home’ with David Chang https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/26/priya-krishna-on-cooking-at-home-with-david-chang/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/26/priya-krishna-on-cooking-at-home-with-david-chang/#respond Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:54:22 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/26/priya-krishna-on-cooking-at-home-with-david-chang/

Several years ago, I embarked on a somewhat fanatic quest to find a satisfying version of what I called a “metacookbook,” a book that not only lists recipe instructions, but explains also the thought behind them.

Food journalist Priya Krishna and David Chang, the founder of the Momofuku family of restaurants, together wrote a charming new entry in this sub-genre, Cooking at home: or how I learned to stop worrying about recipes (and love my microwave). The “recipes-that-aren’t-really-recipes” in the book tend to forgo precise measurements of ingredients and time, and instead emphasize intuition, customization and l ‘experimentation. Krishna and Chang provide a set of adaptable cooking plans that readers can rehearse on – for example, a general formula for cooking a cheap piece of meat or making a vinegar condiment – and imagine a recipe not as “an instruction manual. stiff, but like a crazy Lib.

On a Dungeons & Dragons style alignment board, Cooking at home would be “chaotic though”. He is laid back, encouraging, eclectic, degressive and not at all concerned with the “right” way of cooking. The couple embrace microwaves and frozen vegetables, and Chang writes that when cooking for his family, his mission is to “create something as delicious as possible, in as little time as possible, while doing the right thing. less damage possible “.

I recently spoke with Krishna, food journalist for The New York Times and the author of Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics of a Modern American Family, about writing recipes that don’t come across as a series of commandments, as well as the gap between how home cooking is portrayed in the food media and how it actually takes place in people’s kitchens. . The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity.


Joe Pinsker: Your book has a section on microwave glory. What makes them so great?

Priya Krishna: I grew up in a house where we had two microwaves and they were used very often, not just for reheating food, but for making potatoes, rice, dishes like pulao. My parents were both working and my mom was very busy, but she loved to cook so she would always look for those shortcuts and cook things in the microwave. My mom taught me that it’s okay to cut corners and take a break. And to this day I don’t like spending hours in the kitchen hoarding [dirty] dishes, I like efficiency. In Indian-ish, there are microwave instructions for things like rice and potatoes, because that’s how my family does it.

It really saves a lot of time and I absolutely hate cleaning rice stuck in a pot. Instead, you could just push [the rice] in the microwave and set it aside until the rest of your meal is ready. You can watch the potatoes boil on a stove for 25 minutes, or you can put them in the microwave for five minutes. I don’t know why someone wouldn’t do the latter.

Pinsker: Why do you think some home cooks underestimate – or even laugh at – microwaves, frozen vegetables, and other kitchen amenities?

Krishna: There is a real romance that people associate with buying fresh vegetables at a farmers market and lovingly preparing them on a stovetop. And that’s great, but to me it almost feels like it’s from another era. Some people despise anything that goes against a kitchen scratch mentality. I worked in food media, and in the places I worked, I didn’t see people using frozen vegetables or microwaves. So I also think institutions and publications don’t push these things, so maybe that’s why more cooks don’t use them.

Pinsker: There is a line in Cooking at home about how you can speed up a frozen pizza by starting it in the microwave and then finishing it in the oven, which made me think of the boundaries people draw around what is called ‘baking’. Like, do what you do to that pizza count as baking?

Krishna: I think you have to stop obsessing over what matters like cooking. If you put a meal that you have prepared on the table at home, it is cooking. It doesn’t matter if you’ve reheated something in the microwave or roasted a whole chicken, it’s cooking. In the age of Instagram, of the beauty of food, and of promoting an ambitious lifestyle, we’ve kind of given up on the value of practicality.

It was refreshing to work on a project where that was the guiding principle. We didn’t hire a food stylist for the photography, as we wanted to show the food as it would exist in real life, not a superlative version of it that can be really hard for a home cook to recreate.

Pinsker: What do you think of the contrast between the way home cooking is portrayed in food media and cookbooks and how it ends up playing out in reality?

Krishna: In the food media, there is an obsession with making food perfect, which you can do by styling and waxing cilantro on a platter. Indian-ish was culinary style because we really wanted the food to be dazzling and beautiful. But I think it comes at the expense of meeting people where they are, which is sometimes a kitchen that doesn’t have a beautiful light, with less than perfect products, with herbs that are about to come together. deteriorate. There is a real beauty in doing something delicious under these circumstances.

Pinsker: The recipes appear to be technology neutral, but you write about how they’re coded with a special way of thinking about cooking. How? ‘Or’ What?

Krishna: I had this really interesting conversation with my friend Yewande [Komolafe] on the limits of the traditional western way of writing recipes, with the ingredients and method listed systematically. For both of us, and for Dave [Chang] so, growing up, recipes weren’t written down – cooking was a tradition that was passed down orally. It was very intuitive. You watched your mom roll a roti and that’s how you knew how to roti. A written recipe as we know it traps you in this sort of white-coded frame. There are a lot of books and sites that offer recipes without a recipe – this is obviously nothing new – but for us it was about staying true to the way we were raised and the way we were. sincerely believe that people can become the best, the most empowered. enough cooks.

Pinsker: How is a less rigid approach to revenue helpful?

Krishna: I compare it to Google Maps. I’m horrible with directions, and I won’t improve because I have Google Maps. I will always use my phone rather than figuring out how to get around New York without a map. Recipes are a bit like Google Maps: we rely on them, so we don’t really get better in the kitchen. We just get better at following a recipe.

I think there is value in codifying and writing things down, as opposed to transmitting only through oral tradition. So the way we wanted to write our cookbook was like, We write these things, but we don’t write a recipe like it’s the last and last word on the subject. I don’t want to screw up the idea of ​​a recipe completely, but I think you shouldn’t be afraid to play around with the format and make it more dynamic.


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Brian Laundrie’s remains “have been marked as a tourist attraction on Google Maps and received 1 star reviews” https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/23/brian-laundries-remains-have-been-marked-as-a-tourist-attraction-on-google-maps-and-received-1-star-reviews/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/23/brian-laundries-remains-have-been-marked-as-a-tourist-attraction-on-google-maps-and-received-1-star-reviews/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 22:50:00 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/23/brian-laundries-remains-have-been-marked-as-a-tourist-attraction-on-google-maps-and-received-1-star-reviews/

BRIAN Laundrie’s remains have been marked as a tourist attraction on Google Maps and received one-star reviews after it was found in Florida earlier this week.

The skeletal remains of Gabby Petito’s fiancé were found on October 20 by police after his parents discovered his belongings near the entrance to the Carlton Reservation in North Port.

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Someone has created a “tourist destination on Google Maps at the site where Brian Laundrie’s remains were found earlier this week
Laundrie's remains were found on October 20 by police near the entrance to the Carlton Reservation in North Port

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Laundrie’s remains were found on October 20 by police near the entrance to the Carlton Reservation in North PortCredit: Social networks – Refer to source

TikTok user @emilybernay highlighted the location marked as “Brian Laundrie’s Body”, which has since been removed from Google Maps.

The TikTok video shows that the location had two one-star reviews.

One reviewer said: “Too expensive admission. Full seizure of money. The park rangers wanted $ 40 for the chance to prick him with a stick.

“I couldn’t even take a selfie without paying some cash. “

The other reviewer added: “1/10 didn’t like it.”

According to PopCrush, the tourist destination was established on Thursday, the same day police confirmed the remains found in the nature reserve belonged to Laundrie.

The Sun reached out to Google for comment, but had not had a response at the time of publication.

Carlton’s reservation had previously been trolled by criticism related to the laundry search.

Critics online had left messages claiming they had spotted him on their travels.

One wrote: “Excellent experience, except for a bald man named Brian who was selling snakes to eat… seemed in desperate need of money! “

Another said, “Cool place. I met a bald guy named Brian who sounded a bit strange but other than that great getaway! ”

The cops were able to identify with certainty the skeletal remains found in the Carlton reservation using the fugitive’s dental records.

Laundrie’s family attorney Steve Bertolino confirmed that a cause of death had not yet been determined in a statement to the New York Post on Friday.

“No way or cause of death was determined, and the remains were sent to an anthropologist for further evaluation,” Bertolino said.

The laundry went missing just days after Gabby’s family reported her missing on September 11.

He had returned on his own from a trip across the country the couple made together on September 1 and provided no information on where his missing fiancee might be.

Cops were able to identify with certainty skeletal remains found on the Carlton reservation using dental records from Laundrie

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Cops were able to identify with certainty skeletal remains found on the Carlton reservation using dental records from LaundrieCredit: WFLA
Online critics had left messages claiming they spotted him on their travels

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Online critics had left messages claiming they spotted him on their travelsCredit: AP

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Google’s Pixel 6 will launch the chip made by Google https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/23/googles-pixel-6-will-launch-the-chip-made-by-google/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/23/googles-pixel-6-will-launch-the-chip-made-by-google/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 00:30:00 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/23/googles-pixel-6-will-launch-the-chip-made-by-google/

Google’s Pixel 6 to debut Google-made chip

Much like Apple, Google’s flagship phone will now have a chip designed to blend software and hardware into a full Google experience. They say it’s designed to be 80% faster than the Google Pixel 5, deliver sharper-to-text speech, and better image processing. They have an array of three cameras on the back of the device in a horizontal strip, providing 4x optical zoom.

But for me the coolest thing about the version is their features for calling customer service lines.

They’ll be able to tell you how long a bank or airline call is going to take before you even call. They use data from other users, such as on Google Maps, to help provide this information.

Haven’t quite figured out which option you’re supposed to press for a new account? They will display the options on your screen.

Facebook will change its name

The company will have a different name from Facebook, which will always be the name of the “big blue” application. Google did something similar by creating a parent organization called Alphabet.

Apple’s Macbook Pro will now have a notch

Much like the iPhone, the laptop will now have a camera that will descend into the screen. Apple did it over the phone to offer FaceID, but it won’t be on laptops – which is a bit confusing. TouchID will remain, even if the Touch Bar is (finally) discontinued.

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Google Maps removes ‘apartheid wall’ label from security fence near Jerusalem | JNS https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/21/google-maps-removes-apartheid-wall-label-from-security-fence-near-jerusalem-jns/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/21/google-maps-removes-apartheid-wall-label-from-security-fence-near-jerusalem-jns/#respond Thu, 21 Oct 2021 18:41:36 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/21/google-maps-removes-apartheid-wall-label-from-security-fence-near-jerusalem-jns/

Google announced that it had removed the “Apartheid Wall” label from a road adjacent to the security fence on the outskirts of East Jerusalem.

While it is not known how this happened, the company called it “inappropriate” and removed the tag after being alerted by JNS.

“We have taken swift action to update this inappropriate error,” a Google spokesperson told JNS.

The unnamed road appears to be a military road that runs along the security fence not far from the Church of Bethphage on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives and the Tomb of Lazarus east of Jerusalem.

Erected after the wave of Palestinian suicide bombings during the years of the Second Intifada from 2000 to 2005, the security fence has been seen as an effective tool to prevent infiltration of terrorist groups from the West Bank, with the number of such attacks declining. dramatically after its construction.

A screenshot from Google Maps showed the “apartheid wall” near Jerusalem. Source: Screenshot.

Yet it has drawn criticism from the international community, which views the barrier as evidence of Israel’s intention to annex land and undermine the Middle East peace process.

As a result, critics accused Israel of being an “apartheid state” to describe its policy towards Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, also applying the term to the barrier.

Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, claim that “the label of apartheid seems to call into question the legitimacy of the only Jewish state in the world and its continued existence.”

The Google Maps post to remove the “apartheid wall” label from the security fence near Jerusalem first appeared on JNS.org.

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The Google Pixel 6 range with its first custom chip goes after the iPhone https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/19/the-google-pixel-6-range-with-its-first-custom-chip-goes-after-the-iphone/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/19/the-google-pixel-6-range-with-its-first-custom-chip-goes-after-the-iphone/#respond Tue, 19 Oct 2021 23:39:12 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/19/the-google-pixel-6-range-with-its-first-custom-chip-goes-after-the-iphone/

(CNN) – Google’s Pixel smartphones are taking a big step forward in becoming a real competitor to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.

At a virtual press conference on Tuesday, the company showcased the new 6.4-inch Pixel 6 and 6.7-inch Pixel 6 Pro, which run on Android 12, Google’s most significant software update since years. The devices feature near-bezel-less displays, a new camera system built into the horizontal camera bar that stretches along the back side, innovative photo functions, and a battery that can last nearly two hours. days by prioritizing the most used apps (and shutting down the rest).

But the real game changer is Google’s new in-house Tensor processor, which marks a departure from third-party chips commonly used in competing Android devices. The company said Tensor allows Pixel 6 phones to run 80% faster than the Pixel 5, enabling artificial intelligence on the device for features like voice recognition and more precise image processing. It also gives phones more processing power for games and apps, and makes some of its new camera tools possible.

Apple, Huawei and Samsung have been making their own chips for years, but Google’s efforts to double a bespoke processor for its own Google Android software shows that it is ready to create a personalized experience for its users and strive for a much larger share of the global smartphone market. (Right now, Google Pixel accounts for less than 1% of global smartphone sales, selling about 3.7 million units last year, according to market research firm IDC.)

“Google never wanted the Pixel to be a high-volume smartphone,” said David McQueen, research director at ABI Research. “The idea was that they would use Pixel devices to showcase the Android ecosystem, showing their partners what can be done with high-end hardware and the latest Android software.” But the benefits of a personalized Google Tensor chip could allow it to make new experiences possible, he added.

The Pixel 6 comes in three colors – Seafoam, Kinda Coral, and Black – and starts at $ 599. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro is available in sunny, white, and black, starting at $ 899. The new Pixel 6 phones are now available for pre-order and will start shipping on October 28.

The launch comes during a busy week for tech product launches ahead of the holiday season. Apple unveiled new MacBook Pro laptops and next-generation AirPods on Monday. And Samsung is organizing a mysterious press event on Wednesday. But these products are also being launched amid lingering concerns about global component shortages and logistics issues.

As with many smartphones, improvements to the camera are a key selling point. The Pixel 6 Pro has a new triple rear camera system with a professional-level telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom built into the camera bar and an 11-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The company said the sensor captures 150% more light, in an effort to bring more vivid colors and greater accuracy to photos. The company said it can capture the finest details, including a starry sky.

Google has also introduced new photo tools, including Face Unblur which better captures faces in difficult conditions, Magic Eraser in Google Photos which removes background distractions, and Motion Mode for action photos.

The company is also adding new security features to the Pixel, such as a security hub that puts passwords in one place and lets you turn off microphones and cameras (or choose which apps can use them). This effort comes against a backdrop of scrutiny of tech companies and their approach to user privacy.

It also deploys enhanced anti-phishing protection to detect potential risks and suspicious phone calls, texts, emails and links, notifying users. Meanwhile, its new personal safety app detects if the user has been in an accident and helps it reach first responders.

Earlier this year, Google introduced a new look for Android 12, with bigger buttons, a large clock on the home screen that changes size based on the number of notifications that appear, and muted pastel colors. It also features a slew of productivity updates, including an option to hold the power button down to have Google Assistant make a phone call or request an article to be read aloud, and reality tools. increased in Google Maps.

This story first appeared on CNN.com, “Google Pixel 6 line with first custom chip goes after iPhone.”

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Google Maps introduces green route and helps save fuel https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/19/google-maps-introduces-green-route-and-helps-save-fuel/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/19/google-maps-introduces-green-route-and-helps-save-fuel/#respond Tue, 19 Oct 2021 07:00:03 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/19/google-maps-introduces-green-route-and-helps-save-fuel/

Google suggests that using the new feature could help reduce up to 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Google Maps has introduced a new feature update to its mobile app that helps motorists save fuel and reduce emissions.

The new feature called “eco-friendly routing” presents motorists with the best route to take in order to save as much fuel as possible. Although the new route may take longer to travel, it is said to offer the best fuel economy benefits.

When viewing multiple routes, the app will provide the relative fuel savings for each route, as well as the ETA difference for each. The ‘eco-responsible routing’ option will be designated by a green leaf. However, users can also turn off the feature entirely if needed, with maps showing only the traditional “fastest” route option.

Google suggests that using the new feature could help reduce up to 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year, which is equivalent to taking 2 lakh of cars off the road.

Google says the new feature uses AI and information from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to determine every imaginable route to a specific destination.

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Google Maps Rival Announces Big New Update As Google’s Driving Mode Almost Arrives https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/17/google-maps-rival-announces-big-new-update-as-googles-driving-mode-almost-arrives/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/17/google-maps-rival-announces-big-new-update-as-googles-driving-mode-almost-arrives/#respond Sun, 17 Oct 2021 22:50:00 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/17/google-maps-rival-announces-big-new-update-as-googles-driving-mode-almost-arrives/ Competition in the navigation software category is increasingly fierce as Google is no longer the only big company trying to make it easier, safer and more convenient to get to a certain destination by car.

HERE has been in this business for a long time, but its mobile apps are getting updates at a much faster rate these days, and it shows just how committed the parent company is currently to delivering a fully refined experience to its customers, whatever platform they use.

The most recent version of HERE WeGo, for example, introduces a new feature that drivers will love. This is the support for freeway exit numbers, which will provide users with better visibility when using HERE’s navigation solution, making it easier for them to determine which direction to go.

And that’s not the only big update the app has received in recent times.

A September update introduced support for VE stations. The previous version supported alternative routes, improving the navigation process by giving drivers more choices before setting out on a new trip.

Of course, while Google Maps alternatives continue to improve, that doesn’t necessarily mean Google is just sitting around and watching all of its competition have fun.

The company is now putting the finishing touches on a brand new Riding Mode, which originally came with Google Maps and powered by Google Assistant.

The Riding Mode is specifically meant to replace Android Auto for phones, so it will be enabled by default for Android 12 users. As a result, it comes with a user interface inspired by the mobile version of Android Auto, but it doesn’t have to be. ‘another side. , it obviously features several notable improvements, including large maps on the home screen for quick access to your favorite apps.

The drive mode is already available in a variety of markets, with Google gradually activating it for more users as it phased out Android Auto for phones.

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How to enable fuel efficient routing in Google Maps https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/16/how-to-enable-fuel-efficient-routing-in-google-maps/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/16/how-to-enable-fuel-efficient-routing-in-google-maps/#respond Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:35:56 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/16/how-to-enable-fuel-efficient-routing-in-google-maps/

If you’ve used Google Maps for directions in the past two weeks, you might have seen a little green and white sheet next to your estimated driving time. This marks what Google believes is the most fuel-efficient route, a navigation option the company says could save users money on gasoline.

How to activate ecological routing

Due to the way Google is rolling out new features, this tool might not be available yet, but when it appears on your phone, you can choose how Maps handles routing.

These little leaves only appear on the screen when you choose your destination in the free Android or iOS app, tap instructions, and select the car icon for driving instructions. Adjust your settings from there by pressing the three points in the upper right corner, then Route options, and turn the toggle switch next to Choose fuel-efficient routes On or off.

When this option is enabled, Maps defaults to fuel efficient routes when arrival times are similar to less efficient routes. If you turn it off you’ll still see the stamped sheet option onscreen, but Maps will instead suggest the fastest route (or whatever matches other settings you’ve made, like avoiding tolls. , highways or ferries). Sometimes the fastest, most fuel-efficient routes will be the same.

Choose one of these potentially greener routes and Maps will show you how much fuel you think you’ll save. For example, on a 35-minute ride that we tried, Google estimated that we would save 9% on our fuel by spending three more minutes behind the wheel. We haven’t tested the app extensively, but you seem to see more fuel savings, as a percentage, when choosing between local routes rather than plotting long road trips where you’ll spend most of your time on the road. the highways.

What is going on behind the scenes

Google calculates its fuel-optimized routes using artificial intelligence and data from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and these routes typically feature fewer hills, less traffic, and consistent speeds, according to Google. the society.

[Related: 5 uses for Google Maps beyond navigation]

Digging a little deeper, the app notes that the calculation of the numbers includes factors such as the average fuel consumption of vehicles in your area, the grade of slopes in the route, stop-and-go traffic, and whether you drive on local roads. roads or highways.

One last note: these are estimates, so there is no guarantee that you will save gas by choosing an eco-friendly route, or time by opting for speed. But it’s definitely worth a try.

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5 Google Maps tips you’ll wonder how you’ve lived without https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/15/5-google-maps-tips-youll-wonder-how-youve-lived-without/ https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/15/5-google-maps-tips-youll-wonder-how-youve-lived-without/#respond Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:31:00 +0000 https://coopermaps.com/2021/10/15/5-google-maps-tips-youll-wonder-how-youve-lived-without/

Because Google Maps has an extensive and growing list of features, making them all visible at a glance in the app would be nothing short of a complicated mess and UI nightmare. As a result, Google has wisely chosen to hide some of the more interesting and advanced features of Google Maps. But fear not, we’ve compiled a list of 5 Google Maps hacks you probably didn’t know existed.

By the way, it’s hard to believe that Google Maps has been around for over 16 years now. Meanwhile, Google has steadily improved the app’s feature set, making the current incarnation somewhat unrecognizable since the first iteration of Google Maps in 2005. That’s, of course, a good thing. In fact, Apple Maps has been around for nine years now and is still trying to catch up with some of Google’s more sophisticated and innovative features.

Augmented reality walking routes

Google’s augmented reality walking directions are one example of a feature Apple Maps is still trying to catch up with. With this particular feature, Google Maps takes advantage of augmented reality to deliver layered information on your screen in real time as you walk in and around a city. The feature also makes it easy to identify points of interest such as restaurants and even landmarks. Augmented reality walking routes started as a pixel-only feature, but has since spread to other Android devices and Google Maps on the iPhone.

Note that this feature is not available in all regions. If it’s available in your area, you’ll see an icon that says “Live View” at the bottom of the app when you’ve opened the walking routes.

The video below gives a quick overview of how this Google Maps feature works in practice.

Measure the distance between two locations

Google Maps makes it easy and quick to measure the distance between two separate locations. To do this, open Google Maps and drop a pin anywhere you want. Now press the pin once and you should see an option that says “Measure distance”. By tapping on it, you can now select a second location by moving the cursor. This is a particularly nifty Google Maps hack that everyone should be aware of.

Find out in advance about the parking situation

One of the most frustrating things about driving is finding parking. There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination and circling several blocks forever in the hope of finding a free spot. With Google Maps, however, you can check certain information about the parking situation in advance.

To use this feature, enter your destination and select the routes. When the driving directions are displayed, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen, after which you will see information about parking in the area.

Never forget where you parked with this Google Maps hack

If you park in a mall or stadium, trying to find your car after the fact can often be a frustrating exercise. This Google Maps hack, however, should ease the stress that comes with finding a seemingly missing car. The next time you park, tap the blue dot that indicates your current location. When doing so, you should see an option that says “Set as a parking spot” for easy access a few hours later.

Adjust your vehicle icon

This is more of a fun little Google Maps hack than a useful feature, but it’s worth showing off regardless. If you tap on the blue triangle that’s supposed to represent your car, you’ll see several more vehicle icons to choose from. The designs of the car themselves are a bit uninspiring, but hopefully we’ll see some more stylish options in future updates.

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