Exploring in Google Maps
Google has just announced a new feature for Google Maps, which is all about exploring new places around you.

The new explore feature will show up in Google Maps in the form of an ‘Explore button’ when the option is available. The new explore option is time, as well as location aware, so you’ll get great dinner recommendations as the sun goes down, while in the morning more breakfast oriented options will present.

Google Maps - Explore

With ‘nearby’ a relative term, Google has advised that they will be letting you decide what you class as nearby, be that a five-minute walk or a 20-minute drive. The explore options offered are also weather dependent as well, so when it’s pouring rain, you shouldn’t be offered results which include a trip to a nearby park.

Google Maps Time and Distance

On the Google Lat-Long blog, where Google announced the new feature, they term the update as ‘where available’, so it’s not definitely available to everyone just yet. There’s no updates for Google Maps showing up as yet, so it could be a server-side switch that Google has flicked. Google also says in the blog that the feature will appear ‘Starting this week’.

Have you seen an option to explore nearby?

Source: Google Lat-Long.
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    Chris Colborne

    This also works when you’re browsing other neighborhoods and cities on the map

    I just saw this working by searching for Mission District. Obviously doesn’t give you the contextual stuff but good if you want to have a look.


    I wonder if they are going to use some of the data created by the Ingress location game to provide recommendations. I have certainly found a lot of interesting overlooked stuff whilst playing. Of course with the current badge for submitting new portals it would seem that every plaque placed in public has become a portal but you find out interesting things by reading them.