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Google Maps for iOS and Android now offering motorway lane guidance

Google has announced an update for its Google Maps app which brings lane guidance when in turn-by-turn navigation mode.

The feature, which was already available in the United States, can now be accessed in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Lane guidance gives Google the ability to compete with some of the more advanced sat-nav solutions on the market, such as those from TomTom and Garmin.

Today’s update is available on iOS and Android too, just in time for those Christmas expeditions to visit friends and family across the UK.

On the Google Maps blog, product manager Darren Barker wrote: “When you’re in the turn-by-turn navigation mode, we can now make sure you don’t miss your next turn or exit by showing you which lane to stay in or move to so you’ll never find yourself darting across traffic at the last minute — or worse, driving for miles down the wrong road.

“When you approach a junction or exit with multiple lanes, voice guidance will suggest which lanes are best for your route. You’ll also have easy access to alternate routes while you’re navigating, so you can choose the best drive for you.”

Read more: Best sat nav 2014 round-up

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