Google Maps Will Show Ads, But Not While Driving

There have already been many complaints about the plans to add ads to Google Maps. However, they will not appear while driving.

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There have already been many complaints about the plans to add ads to Google Maps. However, Google is speaking out to let everyone know they don’t see it as a big deal, as the ads will not be pop-ups that appear while you’re driving. A Google Maps user posted to X a screencap of what he saw on his Google Maps while driving .

He passed a gas station and saw an add pop up for “Royal Farms,” suggesting he add it as a stop to his navigation. The user added that he didn’t even type anything about gas or food, yet he still got this ad. All he put in was a request for directions to get down to the shore.



He was given options to “Add Stop.” It brings up immediate questions of what other kinds of ads would pop up, if you don’t even have to be looking for or typing anything related to get a pop-up. Comparisons were made to the Waze navigation app, which Google owns.

Waze has that type of ad format, so this isn’t a new thing for Google – just a new thing for Google Maps . Additionally, it’s not that unusual for an app to highlight sponsored businesses. But asking to add it to your route seems like a step too far.

A Google rep, with the username of “adsliaison,” responded to the user, saying, “Promoted pins in navigation are not new – they let people see relevant ads for businesses, like gas stations, restaurants, and stores along their route. To avoid driver distraction, these ads do not pop up, expand only if they’re tapped on, and disappear quickly afte.