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Google has activated a new feature on its Maps app that allows you to estimate the amount you will end up paying in tolls on a certain route.
The new toll price feature was first announced for Google Maps back in April. Now, the feature has started rolling out to Maps in countries including India, the United States, Japan and Indonesia. The new toll feature will gather trusted information from local tolling authorities and will provide this to users before they start navigating.
Google Maps will also take into consideration factors like the usage of a toll pass as in some cases prices can vary depending on the method of payment being used. In India, this occurs when cars not equipped with a fast tag get charged double the amount at toll booths. Users will have the option of getting the toll prices with or without the toll pass.
The new feature from Google Maps is now available to users with the latest version of the app with the update covering over 2,000 toll roads in the United States, India, Indonesia and Japan. More countries will be added to the list soon.
In yet another addition to the functionality of Maps that will benefit users planning to go on a drive or a ride, Google will now show the air quality index on the navigation app.
However, this feature is currently available only to users in the United States. Google calculates the air quality index by drawing data provided by partners including the government monitoring stations and third-party sources.
Thoughts On Google's New Updates For Maps
Google new updates for Maps will ensure that planning a journey becomes a whole lot easier in the future. With toll rates available on the fly, Google Maps will ensure users especially in India keep their payment systems topped up before heading out on the weekend or summer roadtrip. The Air Quality index feature is something we hope comes to India soon as it something that is much required with our pollution levels. Being pre-warned about adverse air quality is something that could end up saving hundreds if not thousands of lives every year.