Google Maps Expands With Option to ‘Place an Order’

The updated app allows users to order local food, and to take and add photos

Google Maps’ new delivery feature can help increase business for on-demand food services.

The latest Google Maps update now allows users to connect to a food delivery service through the app. Facebook pulled a similar move just last week.

Google Maps users can opt to “Place an order” at a restaurant if the establishment works with a delivery service such as Grubhub and Seamless. When placing an order, the user will be redirected to the third-party delivery app or website. The restaurant search options can also be refined further into sub-categories such as “Quick bites” and “Vegetarian-friendly spots.”

As of 2015, approximately $210 billion worth of food is ordered for delivery or takeout in the U.S., $11 billion of which is from online delivery, according to Morgan Stanley Research. With a decline in the funding of food delivery services, Google Maps’ new feature can be used to boost the sales with its convenient on-demand service and large user base.

Additional features include plus codes, which are location-finders that allow users to drop pins and share “location cards,” and the option to take and add photos to a business or restaurant’s description. 


The Google Maps update is available for free for iOS on the App Store.