Google released a major feature update to Google Maps for iOS today bringing a handful of useful features for navigation and travel with your iPhone and iPad including integration with the private transportation service Uber.
First up is a feature found on many dedicated GPS devices: lane guidance. The feature will present which lane is necessary with current directions to help you avoid missing important turns. Notably, Apple’s Maps software does not currently offer this feature. Google says lane guidance is currently only available for users in the US and Canada…
The next feature will likely appeal to people managing data limits or traveling away from network service. Google Maps is introducing the ability save maps for use offline easier so you can essentially have a map handy without relying on your network if you know your destination ahead of time. The update also introduces filtered searches for points-of-interest by category, pricing, hours, and more.
Lastly, Google Maps is getting closer to Uber, the app-connected taxi alternative available in certain cities, as it will now feature an Uber button alongside transit and walking directions. Tapping the Uber button will bring you to the Uber app on your smartphone from the Google Maps app. Uber, after all, has financial backing from Google Ventures, its investment wing of the company.
The new version of Google Maps is available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store.