Google announced the addition of a long-wished feature to Google Maps, which permitted users to add a stop along their current path. That enables you to route your way to a gas station or restaurant ahead of your last destination.
Google Maps Introduces its “Add a Stop” Feature to iOS Users
Though at the time of the launch, the feature was only available on Android devices. Google reveals that the feature is now available on all iOS gadgets too, and is available in any country where Google Maps offers direction-finding.
“The feature was already live on Android, but is rolling out to iOS users worldwide.”
It’s unexpected that it took Google so long to add such a simple feature to its navigation app. Nevertheless hitting up a pit stop while on your way somewhere else is the norm but, before, you would have to route your way to the pit stop, then start a new route from the pit stop to your destination. And by making two navigation sessions, it could be difficult to see which gas station, restaurant or other stop would acquire the least amount of extra driving.
The new “add a stop” option is really easy to use, while you’re in navigation mode, you’ll see a magnifying glass at the top-right of your screen that, when pressed, provides a variation of options for the kind of places where you want to stop, comprising gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores or coffee shops.
From safety point of view you can access the feature by way of voice commands by tapping the microphone button instead of typing. That will make using the option faster and easier when you’re behind the wheel.
Google Maps will show the ranking for each destination as you view your options plotted on the map, as well as the projected time the deviation will take, so you can make the best choice.