Google Maps has a killer new feature for EV drivers

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Range anxiety is one of the things that blights electric vehicle adoption the most, with a lack of widespread charging points. But Google Maps is looking to make life a little easier. 

That's because it's got an upgrade that will make it much easier to find EV charging stations while traveling. You will now be able to search for “EV charging stations” on Google Maps and it will show  where you can find one. You can use the “fast charge” filter to help you find stations with 50kW chargers or higher but you can also filter for stations that offer your EV’s plug type.

Google Maps screenshots showing EV charging stations in search

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Google is also bringing in some other handy features to Google Maps over the next few weeks, just in time for the holidays when many people will be traveling.

First announced at the Google Search On event in September, Maps will get more immersive with a new “Search with Live View” feature. With this, users will be able to see more of what is around them through AR. 

The new visual search experience can give a picture of a neighborhood at a glance in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo. 

“Search with Live View” is set to roll out to Android and iOS devices next week. All you have to do is lift your phone and tap on the camera icon in the search bar to see nearby stores and other places like coffee shops, landmarks, parks, restaurants, banks and ATMs and the AR directions will show you where they are and how far away they are. You will also see other info like how busy the location is, whether it’s open, what the price range is and how it’s rated by Google Maps users.

Gif of Google Maps' new feature that shows an AR view of some cities

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Google is also adding wheelchair accessibility information to Google Maps. This was initially only available in the U.S., Australia, UK and Japan, but has now rolled out globally. Google Maps will add an icon on a business profile to indicate if it’s wheelchair accessible. The feature can also be useful for people with a cart or a stroller who might want to know if there is a ramp available at a particular location. 

The updates are part of a wider Google Search rollout by the tech giant. Google is also debuting a new search feature for sneakers that will let you see shoes in AR before buying them, ahead of Black Friday. And there is now a “multi search near me” feature on Google's native app that will let you find your favorite dish near you using an image.

Sanjana Prakash
News Editor

Sanjana loves all things tech. From the latest phones, to quirky gadgets and the best deals, she's in sync with it all. Based in Atlanta, she is the news editor at Tom's Guide. Previously, she produced India's top technology show for NDTV and has been a tech news reporter on TV. Outside work, you can find her on a tennis court or sipping her favorite latte in instagrammable coffee shops in the city. Her work has appeared on NDTV Gadgets 360 and CNBC.