Cool Google Maps news: Mapping pollution, seeing restaurant wait times, and more


  • On Google search (and soon Maps) you can see wait times for nearly a million sit-down restaurants around the world. Search for the restaurant on Google, open the business listing, and scroll down to the Popular Times section. “You can even scroll left and right to see a summary of each day’s wait times below the hour bars–so you can plan ahead to beat the crowds.”
  • Google mapped air quality across California, with Street View cars spending 4,000 hours driving 100,000 miles in SF, LA, and the Central Valley. Check out the preliminary results.
  • Did you know that your timeline on Maps makes it easy to revisit the places you’ve been, filter by activity (e.g. horseback riding), and more?


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