google maps multimodal

Google Maps likely to add flights and multi-modal search this week

Google Maps may be upgraded to add multi-modal search and live flight data, in a move that could out-Rome2Rio Rome2Rio, according to a scoop by blog DroidLife.

Tnooz can confirm that we saw the same screenshots and a short video about the new service this morning by visiting this link.

Google has been widely expected to launch an intensive revamp of its Maps tool at its I/O developer conference this week.

Check out the screenshots below, and judge for yourself…

Google Maps Flight Search

google maps multimodal

In the screenshots, promotional materials describe Google Maps as getting better with use:

As you search the map, star places you like and leave reviews. The map starts to adapt and can suggest things like restaurants you might enjoy or the quickest way home.

In other words, the more you use Google Maps, the more helpful it becomes.

The search box for Maps will trawl through a broader set of data, including destinations, ratings, reviews, and buildings that have volunteered to have their interiors mapped.

It’s a move that could launch a thousand startup pivots, and cause hundreds of thousands of attractions to try to encourage their customers to star and review their locations on Google Maps.

One design detail to note: The sidebar will disappear, according to the screenshots.

google maps revamp

You can find the full coverage at DroidLife.

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Sean O'Neill

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Sean O’Neill had roles as a reporter and editor-in-chief at Tnooz between July 2012 and January 2017.



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  1. Daniele Beccari

    I can hear the explosions. Lots of smart folks in startups building smart technology and hoping to sell it to Google.

  2. Jim

    fyi – the link to the video is now pointing to a 404 error page

  3. Jim

    but can they compare the COST of driving to flying 😉

    Whether or not the Google maps predictions prove accurate, travel providers should take note as they’ll be an explosion of innovation occurring around maps and routing information that will have significant implications for the travel industry.

    This is just the beginning…


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