Maps - Navigation & Transit

Google Inc.

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Google Maps is a GPS navigational app for Android and iOS devices loaded with easily accessible area information. Free to download and use and rated everyone, Google Maps put all the information a traveler could want right at their fingertips. Although this app is safe for kids, parents should have a discussion about safely using this app while driving.

About Maps - Navigation & Transit
  • Travel
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  • Everyone

What is Maps - Navigation & Transit?

Google Maps is a GPS navigational app for Android and iOS devices loaded with easily accessible area information. Not only can Google Maps provide directions but it can quickly show users area gas stations, restaurants and retail outlets, replete with reviews and customer ratings.

 

Users can input a location to receive directions, either voice-guided or mapped, and choose from one of multiple offered routes. Free to download and use and rated everyone, Google Maps put all the information a traveler could want right at their fingertips.

 

When users open the Google Maps app a map appears with their current location marked with a blue dot and a search bar at the bottom where they can input a specific address or search by destination name.

 

Google Maps is especially convenient when traveling, as a simple tap of the search bar pulls up multiple categories of search options: food, drinks, shopping, travel, services, fun, health and transportation.

 

Main categories will provide subcategories to further refine search results such as fast food, groceries, coffee shops and bars, or categories of services being searched for (banks, ATMs, postal services, etc.). 

 

Users can opt to search by “most popular” in each category, which uses customer ratings and reviews to compile a list of the highest reviewed locations in the area being searched.

 

Directions are obviously the most used aspect of the Google Maps app, allowing users to search by a specific address or place name.

 

Once a user pulls up the location they wish to have directions for, they are given multiple route options (whether driving, using public transportation or walking), each clearly denoting the travel time, whether or not tolls are involved, and whether major highways or back roads are included. 

 

Users can also input driving options to include or exclude tolls and highways to further refine directions.

 

As Google Maps functions in real time, users are able to see areas of moderate to heavy traffic denoted on their route, and options to reroute to avoid traffic congestion will pop up throughout the drive if applicable.

 

Perhaps the greatest driving feature is the ability to see expected arrival time in real time letting users know a pretty accurate driving time and time of arrival.

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Is Maps - Navigation & Transit safe for my kids?

Parents should know that Google Maps is a navigational app that uses a phone’s GPS location services to offer travel and local area information.

Apart from navigational capabilities, the Google Maps app culls all of the information from Google to quickly relay important details with a few taps of the fingers.

Not only can users explore area businesses but they can read customer reviews, view business websites, call businesses and get directions to the business with real time traffic conditions included.

While the Google Maps app is incredibly helpful, parents should be aware that using the app while driving can cause distracted driving, including using the voice-guided directions.

Although this app is safe for kids, parents should remind teens to pull their cars over before adjusting any app settings, or checking maps and route options.

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