New Delhi: Google Inc. on Monday released a new update for Google Maps, which allows users in India to make quick pit stops and add detours in navigation mode.

The add-on feature is aimed at enabling users to search for places like gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores among other things along their route on Google Maps while in the navigation mode.

That means users can now search for and add an extra stop to their routes, without having to exit the navigation mode in Google Maps.

“This ensures quicker pit stops and fewer long detours as users can search for places like gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores and more along their route on Google Maps, the company said in a statement. “Google Maps will also show you how long a stop will add to your trip while keeping you on your route."

Suren Ruhela, director, Google Maps, said the new update will ensure that users “can make a sudden or anticipated pit-stop and detours" without having to exit navigation mode.

The new update comes in the form of a magnifying glass option placed at the top right corner of the screen. When tapped, it will display a drop-down menu with helpful options, like petrol pumps, grocery stores, and restaurants.

If the drop-down options aren’t what the user needs, he can add a detour to place of his choice by tapping the search icon or by using voice commands.

“So whether you’re low on fuel, need cash and looking for the closest ATM, or just want to grab a coffee before your next appointment, this new feature from Google Maps will make users pit-stop easier," the company said.

The company has been focussing on increasing Google Maps usage in India. To tackle the problem of spotty Internet connection in the country, it launched Google Maps Offline, an alternative version of Google Maps that works without a connection in November.

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