Google Maps To Show When Shops Are Busiest

A new feature based on location data gathered by Google will show you which times to avoid individual shops and restaurants.

Google’s latest feature could mean you never have to stand in a queue again.

It is using location tracking data to show people when specific shops, cafes, gyms and other outlets are likely to be at their busiest.

It means that people will be able to schedule their visits to a store’s less busy times.

Google tracks where people are using location data logged by apps on smartphones, information that allows the firm to show traffic congestion on its road maps.

The queue data will appear within Google when a business’s page is selected, with a swipeable rundown showing the firm’s hourly popularity on each given day.

Google said “millions” of places around the world now have popularity data available, however the service is still in the process of being rolled out.

The internet giant believes the feature will be particularly useful to people who do not like queuing and want to avoid long lines.

In a post on its Google+ page it said: “Do you ever find yourself trying to avoid long lines or wondering when is the best time to go grocery shopping, pick up coffee or hit the gym. You’re in luck!

“Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and businesses around the world directly from Google Search.

“For example, just search for “Blue Bottle Williamsburg”, tap on the title and see how busy it gets throughout the day. Enjoy your extra time!”

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