Good news for all iPhone users today, as Google Maps has just made pit stops available on iOS, offering drivers a more practical traveling experience.
Imagine you’re on the road, behind the steering wheel of your own car. A good friend of yours has invited you over to his summer house, but you don’t quite know how to get there. “Oh, no worries! I’ve got Google Maps”, you say to yourself.
But then you suddenly have to make a meal stop or a bathroom break and then the application asks you to enter your destination again. This is one of the issues that have frustrated Google Maps users for a long time and now the torment seems to be over.
iOS users of Google Maps can now enter detours into their route without having to exit the navigation mode. They can add anything from gas stations to restaurants and it will not affect their final destination.
Android devices have benefited from this feature since October 2015, which means that iPhone users are a little late to the party from this perspective.
Aditya Dhanrajani, Product Manager of Google Maps, wrote a blog post about this issue, explaining the problems that iPhone users of this application have been experiencing. He says that until recently, iOS users would be forced out of the navigation mode whenever they wanted to make an unplanned pit stop, turning off the traffic updates and the map directions that people rely on for their journeys.
If you are an iPhone user and you want to benefit from this option, you just have to update the application and then once you are in the navigation mode, simply touch the magnifying glass from the top right corner.
After you’ve done that, you will be prompted to a new menu, which will include options of places one needs to stop for lunch or bathroom breaks.
Once you’ve chosen a good place to stop, Google Maps will then give you an estimation of how much time the detour will take. This can be very useful, particularly when you don’t have much time available and you need to make a really quick break.
So go ahead and take that long-desired trip, even if you don’t know the exact route to follow. You can now stop for a quick lunch or find a Starbucks place without having to worry that you will lose your initial navigation map.
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