One of the most useful features of Google Maps, especially in the age of social distancing, is the ability to know how busy a restaurant or other business is before you arrive. Before long, Google Maps will be able to show how busy a place is right in the map view.
Google Maps has long had business indicators that let you know roughly how many people are in a given place, and even compare them to the normal number of people that day and time. As of today, you need to click or tap on the list of a specific location in Google Maps to find the busyness indicator.
Today, Google hosted the Search On event, which featured some of the latest features in Google Search and related products like the Assistant and Google Maps. During the event, Prabhakar Raghavan, Google̵
As can be seen in a simulated demo, indicators such as “Busy than usual” and “As busy as possible” are displayed in Google Maps under the location names. This should help make it easier for you to see which places to potentially avoid when trying to maintain reasonable social distance or just to sit down at a table faster. Additionally, this can be helpful in getting an idea of how busy a larger area is, rather than just the narrow view of individual locations.
Similarly, on Android and iOS, Google Maps can show how busy a place is when you navigate to that place. When these new locations for Google Maps business indicators arrive, the only timeline Google provided was “soon”.
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