Google has updated its maps feature, introducing the option to get
multi-stage directions, find upcoming events at local venues, and view
flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations.
The update affects
Google's Maps Preview on desktop, which allows users to choose to
upgrade to an early version of the company's next major release of its
Driving, walking and cycling directions can now
have multiple destinations. Clicking a plus sign lets users search for
new locations and add them to the bottom of the list. They can then be
rearranged by clicking and dragging, with up to 10 locations visited in
Public transport directions, however, are still limited to one start point and one end point.
When planning a trip to see some music, sports or a play, Google now shows users upcoming events at that location.
Finally, when a user signed in to their Google account searches for
an airport, hotel or restaurant which they have a reservation at, the
site will now show that reservation alongside the venue.
The feature requires Google to accurately recognise which incoming emails are reservations, so it can be fooled.