Google Maps Drives In More Predictive Search

Oct 10, 2013 • 8:25 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Pegman Google MapsGoogle announced new features being added to the new version of Google Maps. The big announcement is a yawn because the old version of Google Maps had this, i.e. multiple destinations for driving directions.

The bigger news is that Google added predictive search directly into Google Maps search results. Think of it as Google Now in Google Maps.

For example, if you have a flight coming up and you search for [SFO] in Google Maps, it will not just show you directions there but also show you your flight information, departure time, arrival time, confirmation numbr and more.

Here is an example of what it looks like:

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Or if you are searching for event locations, it may show you upcoming events at the place:

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This is an incredibly exciting time for search - a bit creepy but also incredibly cool.

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Stuart David

10/10/2013 01:11 pm

New Maps is just awkward, it looks great but the actual features annoy so much, like trying to get streetview to come up, is so hit and miss, feels like a backward step currently with features, as you say, the previous had it!

Durant Imboden

10/10/2013 02:54 pm

I prefer the old version of Maps, too: It's simpler, faster, and less cluttered. New Maps to old Maps = Universal Search to "10 blue links" search.

Stuart David

10/10/2013 03:00 pm

A rhyme equal to that of Dr. Seuss ;)

Andy Kuiper - SEO Analyst

10/10/2013 03:48 pm

I feel the same - streetview is a guessing game for me


10/10/2013 07:23 pm

I'm thinking that Google needs to leave their maps alone. There's too much focus on innovation and messing around with a feature that works perfectly well.


10/11/2013 07:14 am

Google always go beyond imagination :) Though this predictive search looks creepy at its first look,sure it would be soothe after it gets familiarized


10/11/2013 07:36 am

I tried the new Google Maps for a week and it SUCKS. I switched back to the old one. The new Google Maps is extremely slow and unintuitive. I don't understand why Google wastes time trying to improve something that works perfectly.

Arpit Agarwal

10/11/2013 12:01 pm

Yes, Google provide us more clarity in search in Map. Everything will now show clearly.

Richard Boss

10/11/2013 12:12 pm

Hi, pecheche Instead of slow and awkward google map, it shows more clarity search in map and looks great.


10/12/2013 05:12 am

This is good, so you get every malformation your travels on Google map


10/14/2013 04:10 am

Google is changed a lot of things. So much change in short time, for my opinion, most of changes are good, but not all of these. Ex. I just search for know where the airport is to drive to, I do not need flight info.

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