Google Maps introduces its latest feature. To know more, this feature lets the Google Maps swap the vehicle icons while they use the driving navigation feature to reach their destination. Now, this is quite similar to the Mario Day (MAR10) Easter egg that Google Maps had, allowing the users to switch from the blue navigation arrow to Mario and his kart. However, this time, the options are there of course, but with a twist to spice up the drive as users would drudge along the route.
The feature was announced in a tweet by Munish Dabas, a User Experience (UX) Engineer with the Google Maps team, who incidentally, had also announced the Mario Kart feature in the app. The new feature, however, is right now only available to Maps users on iOS and not Android or desktops.
His blog post also read something like, “We know a true Mario fan when we see one. They hum the Super Mario Bros. background music on repeat, daydream about collecting gold coins and 1-UP mushrooms, and want nothing more than to traverse the Mushroom Kingdom with Luigi, Toad, and Yoshi to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. To celebrate our favorite mustachioed plumber-turned-racer on his special day—MAR10 Day—we’ve collaborated with the team at Nintendo to let Mario accompany you on all of your driving adventures on Google Maps this week.”
How to get Mario Kart on Google Maps?
To use this, users just need to start the navigation and tap once on the blue-colored navigation arrow. This would provide users with three options, namely, a red sedan, a green pickup truck, and a yellow minivan. So, by tapping on any one of it, it would replace the navigation arrow and become your virtual partner for the rest of the journey. Now, this icon would remain the same in future navigation too till the user picks up another car or the good old arrow. This feature is available in India on iOS devices too.
Certainly quite a small tweak, but of course, a nice way for Google Maps users to make their trips a little more fun. Also, this app comes pre-installed on most, and if not all, Android smartphones and is a favorite of iPhone users too. Right now, it has over a billion active users worldwide and is widely considered to be the most popular navigation tool globally.