Google Maps Add-On

A Side-Project

Diogo Maia Caetano
Jun 10 · 3 min read

The Concept

The presence of technology in on our lives is always improving. Ten years ago you would only use your phone to make calls and text, today these features are ordinary and something that everybody has.
Thanks to Google, you have access to a great amount of apps that can interact with each other, such as Gmail, Google Drive, Tasks, Calendar, GoogleNews, Primer, Google Maps, etc.

The Idea

Let’s imagine this situation:
Let’s say that you’re at work on a rainy afternoon, but you’ll need to leave the office earlier because you have an appointment on the other side of the town. It’s 4PM, The appointment is at 5PM, and by car it will take you 20 minutes to get there. Also, it’s raining like hell so let’s say that instead of 20 minutes, you would take 30 minutes (safety first right?!). Still you may say “But I still got another 30 minutes until 5PM” yes, sure… but what about the traffic?
The idea is focused on improving Google Maps interactions with the calendar and the weather app, that way he could adapt to your environment… to the weather, to another people and adapt to the events.

The Features

The part of technology in our lives is fundamental. Technology is a life saver and walks based on our needs. Weather, appointments, traffic… this three added features are always present on our live. It doesn’t really matters if you go from home to work by foot, by car, bicycle or any other kind of transportation… what really matters is your way and the environment you find.
People can get in serious problems because of the weather… There are accidents that can be avoided. Don’t you know someone that get’s late to appointments? This feature doesn’t makes any miracles but it may have a fundamental part because it would bring a sense of responsibility and time to each one of us. The traffic is unpredictable because there can be accidents or waist your time.

The End

This project was created in 2016. Since then we’ve seen a great evolution on Google’s products. We have the calendar working in collaboration with gmail and we also have Google Maps saying, based on our work period, when I’ll get home if I leave at “X” hour the office.

Thank you for reading, hope that you’ve enjoyed and don’t forget to clap.

Cheers.

Diogo Maia Caetano

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Senior Product Designer currently based in Lisbon, Portugal

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