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 using your phone’s camera.

At Google’s Search On virtual conference in September, people raved about the innovative updates to local search.

Google showed an example of an option to search for restaurants by dish and a new search function built into Google Maps’ Live View.

Those updates and more are now available. Here’s an overview of the local search updates launching today.

Updates to Google Local Search

Search with live view

Starting next week, Google Maps Live View search will roll out in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo on Android and iOS.

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.

Live View Search 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, price range and star rating.

Search for restaurants by dish

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

Search for restaurants that serve a particular dish by typing it in manually or doing 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 ‘multisearch near me’ launches today in English in the US. Now you can use Lens in the Google app to take a photo or screenshot of a dish, add the words “near me,” and instantly find a place that sells it nearby.

Find fast charging stations for electric vehicles

Google is adding a filter to searches for electric vehicle charging stations that will 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 50kW or higher.

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

These features are now live on Android and iOS in countries where EV charging stations are available.

Find wheelchair accessible places in more countries

The ability to search Google for wheelchair accessible places without stairs is now available worldwide.

After you turn 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 icon with a crossed line.


Source: Google

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