DYK (did you know)....Google Maps can tell you the wait time at a restaurant?
Google Maps has been busy building and implementing new features into their web mapping service. Of course, we know Google Maps as a website/app to search for locations and directions. Now, Google Maps allows you to save and share lists of favorite locations to your friends and family members. While this was once only a feature on the Google Maps app, it has only recently become available to desktop web-users as well.
To make a list, click on a location, hit “Save,” and then you’ll be able to create a new list, add the selected place to an old one, and/or share your lists on social media sites. This amenity is perfect for sharing points of interest to out-of-town guests or giving out a list of your top recommendations from your summer vacation in San Diego, for example.
Additionally, Google is working on a feature that will link restaurant-wait times to the locations on the map. Already, Google Maps posts peak hour times for restaurants and bars. The newest service will post and update the wait in real time. An article on The Verge states, “Google says the estimates are based on ‘anonymized historical data,’ which is how it calculates wait times for businesses like museums and grocery stores.” Google has not revealed when this part of the app will be ready; however, it will nonetheless be popular and useful for foodies everywhere.
Could these features be Google’s attempt to stay ahead of other navigation systems and lead the way for this niche of technology? Will it ever entirely outshine IOS’s built-in maps application? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.