Google Maps Can Now Show The Location Of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Google Maps has announced that it has expanded its information coverage of electric vehicle charging stations. Previously, this feature had been developed in the US and UK over the past three years.

Now, as quoted by GSM Arena on Sunday (November 20, 2022), this feature has expanded its presence in more countries with electric vehicle charging stations.

Based on monitoring by Tekno , this feature is also available in Indonesia. To perform a search, users only need to search for the keyword EV charging stations.

Later, Google Maps will show you a list of electric vehicle charging stations near your location. This feature is also equipped with filters to facilitate searches according to user preferences.

This filter allows users to sort electric vehicle charging stations by charging rate and charging type. This information is also displayed in search results.

In some countries, this feature also displays information about whether electric vehicle charging stations are free. This feature is now available in Google Maps on Android and iOS.

For reference, this feature is one of the updates Google is introducing ahead of the holiday season. Another feature also revealed was information about which locations are wheelchair accessible or do not have ramps.

Apart from that, Google Maps also provides live view based search support. However, the feature is currently only available in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo, and can be accessed via Android and iOS.

Meanwhile, as the Covid-19 pandemic situation has improved, Google Maps appears to have removed the layer marking hotspots or “hotspots” of Covid-19 spread from the app.

The same Covid-19 layer was previously rendered on Google Maps in 2020 for mobile apps and web, showing Covid-19 trends in a specific region.

Thursday, October 27, 2022 (October 27, 2022) This layer, cited by 9to5Google, takes the 7-day average Covid-19 cases in a given region and shows where the virus is spreading faster.

The feature was quickly rolled out worldwide in all countries with access to Google Maps and in all countries where available data was scarce.

With this layer, areas on the map are color-coded based on the percentage of cases and labels indicating whether the cases are increasing or decreasing.

“This COVID layer is designed to notify users who want to travel somewhere so they can decide what to do,” said Sujoy Banerjee, Google Maps project manager at the time.

However, in September 2022, Google removed this feature without an explicit announcement. Some time ago the company finally confirmed the removal of this layer on their official support page.

Google said the main reason for removing the feature was low usage and wider availability of COVID-19 vaccines and other resources.

Google said it launched a COVID-19 layer in 2020 to help the public stay informed about the spread of COVID-19 cases in a given region.

“Over time, as it has become easier for people around the world to get information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing sites, and other reference materials, the need for this information has also changed,” he said.

In its announcement, Google announced that “COVID-19 layers will not be available in Google Maps for mobile and web from September 2022 due to declining usage.”

However, we have confirmed that users can still find up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Google Search, such as strains, vaccinations, test results, precautions, and more.

Users can still find places like Covid-19 testing sites and vaccination centers on a map.

Previously, Google discontinued the assistive driving mode dashboard feature. The feature was announced by Google at I/O 2019, demonstrated in 2020, and officially launched in 2021.

Google told 9to5Google that it had to turn off the driving assist mode because it realized that most people only use a version of Maps while driving.

Cited by Engadget on Tuesday (October 11, 2022), the feature gives users an Android Auto-lite experience on their smartphones while driving, effectively replacing the Android Auto smartphone app that was shut down last year.

Assistant driving mode displays a home screen-style page with the Google Assistant at the top, a music player and volume controls below it, and buttons to make calls or send messages.

This driver-friendly feature can be accessed from the Assistant by saying “Hey Google, start driving mode” or by pinning it to your smartphone’s home screen.

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