March 1, 2016
If you use Google Maps on your iPhone, you can now add pit stops to your route for gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores without exiting navigation mode.
“Life is full of the unexpected—things that send us scrambling for a gas station in the middle of nowhere, looking up a florist on our way home from work or searching for a restaurant as we tour the back roads of our latest vacation destination,” Google said in a blog post.
“Finding and navigating to these last-minute pit stops used to force you out of navigation mode in Google Maps—and away from the traffic updates, turn-by-turn directions and map you rely on to stay on track. That changed last October with an update to Google Maps for Android that lets you add detours to your route, without ever leaving navigation mode.”
To use the new functionality, simply tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear with options such as gas stations, grocery stores, or restaurants. If what you are looking for does not appear in the drop-down options menu, you can add a detour to a favorite shop by tapping the search icon or by using voice commands.
The iOS app is rolling out to more than 100 countries worldwide.