Google is coming up with new features all the time and their latest offing is a feature that tells you how busy a place is in real-time.
The new extension is an upgrade of the Popular Times feature that was originally launched in July 2015. The feature, which is available in Google Maps, now allows for current status updates for certain venues where a “live” tag is displayed.
“…we’re adding a real-time look at how crowded a place is right now, to help you decide where and when to go,” Google said in a blog post.
The feature works by using anonymous data collected from other Google users, along with what searches are performed and uses this information to gauge how busy the venue is. This is a great update as historical data may not allow for busier or quieter than normal foot flow.
Google Maps is already capable of displaying live traffic and public transport information thanks to data collected from other Google Maps users, those who use Waze and general, public data. This latest update of live date is what makes Google stand out from other mapping apps.
Google has also expanded the new info to the display in Maps and can now tell you how long people tend to stay in a particular venue or location.
The news comes after it was announced Google is testing out a new feature on Google Maps that will help users find the locations of public toilets.
The search engine giant has is working with Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in Delhi, India on the project, the aims of which is to make it easier for people to find clean WC facilities. If successful, it could be rolled across Google’s popular navigation tool.