It’s no secret that Google Maps has grown and evolved tremendously ever since it first launched. Now, Maps is more developed than ever, and offers its users an entire arsenal of trip-planning and driving-friendly tools. And just to keep everything more fun, there are also some cool Easter eggs hidden inside it, as well as some little-known improvements that can help you organize your time all the more effectively. Here are our top three picks for fun and useful little Google tidbits everyone needs to know about.
- Traveling via Dragon
This is a little-known fact, but it turns out you don’t have to be a Targaryen in order to travel via Dragon. There is a fun Easter egg on Google Maps that is uncovered once you set up a route from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons. One of the travel options on this route will be via Dragon, and the journey allegedly will take 21 minutes.
- Time travel
If you click on the clock logo and date beneath the Street View preview box, you will enter Time Travel mode. This mode features a pop-up with a slider, and it lets you move forwards or backwards in time. And the little peg man also turns into a small Doc Brown from Back to the Future! Google’s attention to detail is impressive sometimes.
- Real-time traffic reports
In case you haven’t noticed yet, Google Maps now sends you customized real-time traffic alerts straight to your smartphone’s notifications panel. These alerts are constantly updated no matter if you’re at home or traveling, which makes planning a trip all the more effective. On top of that, if you know you have to get somewhere on time, a real-time traffic alert indicating a traffic jam near you can always help you make it on time.