Recently, Google has launched an updated version of its Google Maps iOS application, which will show you when stores are the busiest.
Equipped with this information, now consumers can have better plan when to visit the location in question in order to avoid the crowds. The feature is available not only for retail stores, but for any business where customers are generally curious about the store’s “rush hours.” That means it extends to places like coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, gyms and other points of interest.
Additionally, the app is now showing gas prices when you search for nearby gas stations.
Google first began tracking businesses’ “popular” times in July, when it introduced the feature within Google Search. At that time, if you searched for a business on Google, it would offer a chart indicating when the store or other establishment became more crowded, using the anonymized data it gathers from users of the Google Maps application. The feature was expanded to the Android version of Google Maps this September, but had not yet arrived on iOS until now.
Meanwhile, the gas-price tracking is another new addition that was also available on Android first. This October, Google announced a new feature that would allow Maps users to add a stop along a route – like a gas station or coffee shop – which the app would then direct you to before your final destination.
The updated version of the Google Maps app is live now on the iTunes App Store.