Google's new local search features are finally here

Google’s new local search features are finally here

Google is finally rolling out the local search features previewed earlier this year, including the ability to search your surroundings with your phone’s camera.

At Google’s virtual Search On conference in September, the company got people excited about its innovation local search updates.

Google previewed an option to search for restaurants by dish and a new search feature integrated into the Google Maps live view.

These updates and more are now available. Here’s a look at the local search updates rolling out today.

Google local search updates

Search with Live View

Starting next week, Search with Google Maps Live View is rolling out to London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo on Android and iOS.

Screenshot from: blog.google/products/maps/new-maps-updates-to-help-you-make-the-most-of-the-holidays/, November 2022.

Search with Live View lets you use your phone’s camera to find information about places around you. Find out if a business is open, how busy it is, the price range and its star rating.

Search restaurants by dish

There are two new ways to find restaurants in your area.

Find restaurants that serve a particular dish by entering it manually or performing a visual search with Google Lens.

Google's new local search features are finally hereScreenshot from: blog.google/products/search/searching-for-holiday-meals/, November 2022.
Google's new local search features are finally hereScreenshot from: blog.google/products/search/searching-for-holiday-meals/, November 2022.

Google’s “multi-search near me” is launched today in English in the United States. Now you can use Lens in the Google app to take a photo or screenshot of a dish, add the words “near me” and immediately find a place nearby that sells it.

Find fast charging stations for electric vehicles

Google is adding a filter to searches for electric vehicle charging stations that make it easier to find fast chargers.

Google's new local search features are finally hereScreenshot from: blog.google/products/maps/new-maps-updates-to-help-you-make-the-most-of-the-holidays/, November 2022.

Search for “EV charging stations” and select the “fast charging” filter. You will see stations with chargers of 50 kW or more.

You can also filter stations that offer your EV plug type in more countries.

These features are now available on Android and iOS in countries where electric vehicle charging stations are available.

Find wheelchair accessible places in more countries

The ability to search Google for wheelchair-accessible, stair-free places is now available worldwide.

After turning on the “Accessible Places” setting in the Google Maps app, you’ll see a wheelchair icon in Business Profiles if it has an accessible entrance.

If a location is not wheelchair accessible, you will see the same crossed out icon.


Source: Google

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