The Google Maps search box just got smarter

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:05 AM


The Suggest feature for Google Maps helps you find what you want faster and more accurately by showing search suggestions for the most relevant places, businesses and points of interest as you type. We experimentally launched suggest for Google Maps in Germany, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan a while ago. Since then, we’ve been working hard to improve the quality and coverage.

So from today we’re making the feature available on 10 more domains and in 8 additional languages, including English and on maps.google.com for the first time.

As a team based in our Z├╝rich office, we understand the importance of getting information that is locally relevant. We've built this knowledge into Suggest for Google Maps so that you get the most useful suggestions depending on where you're zoomed into on the map. For example, if you search for "Mandela" in San Francisco, you'll see items such as Mandela High School and businesses in nearby Oakland.


But more than 8,000 kilometers away in London, you'll see a completely different set of suggestions, which are more relevant for users searching in that location:


The search suggestions in Google Maps also include additional information, such as the address of the business or the district that a place is in. This extra information helps you find and select the exact business or location you're seeking. If you’re signed into your Google account and have web history enabled, you can also see your personalized suggestions, which based on your own past searches.

As of today, you can get suggestions if you're using Google Maps in China, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, United States, United Kingdom, and we're looking to bringing this functionality to all our users around the world soon.