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Google Maps update makes it easier to find food for takeout and delivery

Key Points
  • Google Maps now makes it easier to find restaurants that provide takeout and delivery.
  • It may help restaurants that are suffering as people stay indoors due to the spread of coronavirus.
  • It'll also help people support their local eateries, since it's easier to schedule curbside pick-up or delivery right from Google Maps.
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Todd Haselton | CNBC

Google Maps got a full redesign in February. Now, as the coronavirus outbreak keeps most folks indoors, it's adding another new feature, one that allows users to easily find restaurants nearby that provide takeout and delivery options.

Where Google Maps previously let people click to quickly find restaurants and coffee shops, users will now see options for takeout and delivery in the app.

The new feature might also help keep restaurants in business, as lockdown restrictions prevent them from serving people inside. And, since Google Maps links users directly to a restaurant, users may be saving themselves, or the restaurant, fees associated with delivery services. Unfortunately, many restaurants in hard-hit places like New York City have already had to lay off staff.

To use the new feature, all you have to do is open the app on iPhone or Android. Then, at the top of the screen, you'll see the two new default buttons for takeout and delivery. If you tap "takeout," you'll see restaurants that Google knows will let you pick up outside of the restaurant. If you tap "delivery," you'll see restaurants that can bring your food to your home.

Google Maps
Todd Haselton | CNBC

Some restaurants have links to their websites where you can place an order directly. Others, like the national sandwich chain Subway, let you order through third-party companies include Postmates and DoorDash.

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