Google Maps can now answer your questions, here’s how
Search giant Google has rolled out a new section called ‘Question & Answers’ in its Maps app for Android. The new section enables users to ask questions related to a specific location on the map.
In order to ask a question or read the existing questions and answers about a place, the users just have to search for the location on Google Maps or Search and open the local business listing. Then they have to scroll sown to the “Question & Answers” section where they can add a question, answer someone else’s question, or up vote informative ones by tapping the thumbs up icon. The up voted questions and answers will appear toward the top of the section making them most accessible.
In its official blog the company adds, “To make sure that the information is accurate and authentic, the business owners can add frequently asked questions and answers as well. In addition, when you ask a question about a place, we notify the business owner and other in-the-know users to see if they have knowledgeable answers to contribute. When your question is answered, we notify you too.”
Last month, Google added an SOS alert feature to Google Maps. The tool is designed to help the users in the time crises. The feature will provide all the essential information about any natural or human-caused disasters. The new feature is included in Google Maps, Google Search and Google News.
The company also said that during crisis situations users will see SOS Alert from Google at the top of the search results when they search for an incident or a location.
It would be interesting to see if Google deploys a screening for irrelevant questions apart from the user upvote option. Google has recently provided several new features to Google Maps to increase the user experience. Not too long ago the tech giant had revamped the pointing system for Google Maps Local guide users where they could score points by reviewing, providing information and by posting pictures of a specific location on Maps.