Supercharge Your Route Planning with Google Maps

Supercharge Your Route Planning with Google Maps, Zeo Route Planner
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Google Maps has become an everyday essential. It’s hard to think of a life without it. Google brought navigation to our fingertips with Google Maps.

Its easy-to-use interface makes it convenient for everyone to plan their routes. Google Maps provides users with detailed maps of locations worldwide. You can search for specific addresses, landmarks, businesses, or points of interest, and it will display relevant information and locations on the map.

Google Maps is available as a website and as a mobile application for iOS and Android devices. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets, and real-time traffic conditions. It has become one of the most popular mapping services globally and is widely used for navigation and location search.

Advantages of Google Maps

Real-time traffic updates

The biggest advantage of Google Maps is that it provides real-time updates on traffic situations. Once you input the start and end location, it automatically provides you the route which will take the shortest time considering the current traffic. It highlights the high-traffic parts of the route as red to give you a heads-up. This information helps you plan your routes more efficiently and avoid traffic jams.

Auto re-routing

In case you take a wrong turn by mistake, it re-routes automatically and provides you with an updated route. With auto re-routing, you can have peace of mind knowing that Google Maps is actively working to keep you on the right track. It enhances the overall navigation experience.

Updated info about tolls & road closures

Google Maps detects any tolls and road closures. It helps you avoid delays and congestion. Instead of being stuck in traffic or trying to figure out alternative routes yourself, Google Maps takes care of the navigation adjustments for you. It saves time, reduces frustration, and helps you reach your destination more smoothly.

Different transportation modes

Google Maps supports various transportation modes, including driving, walking, cycling, and public transit. It provides detailed directions and suggestions making it easy to navigate using your preferred method of transportation. This flexibility is especially useful when exploring unfamiliar areas or planning daily commutes.

Street View and Satellite Imagery

Google Maps offers Street View and satellite imagery, allowing you to virtually explore streets and view locations from different angles. Street View provides a 360-degree panoramic view of streets, enabling you to visually navigate and familiarize yourself with an area before visiting in person.

While Google Maps comes with great advantages, it cannot optimize the routes with more than 2 addresses. It shows you the most efficient route between a start location and an end location, but when you add more addresses it provides the route in the order in which you have added the addresses.

It works only if you want to visit the addresses in the same sequence. However, if you are looking for the best route to visit those addresses, Google Maps won’t be helpful.

Route optimization means finding the most efficient route not only in terms of distance but also in terms of time and cost.

Advantages of route optimization

  • It helps you save money by reducing your costs. The fuel costs can quickly add up if you make last-mile deliveries or client visits. Driving an optimized route also saves you maintenance costs as the vehicle drives fewer miles.
  • Route optimization provides you with the most time-efficient shortest path. You can use the time saved towards other tasks as less time is spent on the road.
  • It enhances customer satisfaction as it enables you to reach your customers faster.

Zeo’s Google Chrome extension

To help you make the most of Google Maps, Zeo has built a Google Chrome extension.

  • It brings together the power of Google Maps and route optimization to supercharge your route planning process!
  • You don’t have to use a separate app for route optimization. You get an optimized route within the Google Maps app.
  • The best part – it’s free! You don’t have to spend your hard-earned money on buying a paid app for route optimization.

Steps for using the Zeo Chrome Extension

  1. Step 1: Click here to add the Zeo web Plugin to your Chrome browser.
  2. Step 2: Open Google Maps in your browser and add up to 10 stops. Ensure that the first stop is the stop from which you want the trip to start.
  3. Step 3: Click on the Zeo plug-in at the top and select one of the below-mentioned options:
    • Return to the first stop – It creates a round trip where after completing all the stops, the user returns to the first stop.
    • End at the last stop – The last stop added by you will be considered the end location of the route.
    • No last stop – In this case, the route will automatically assign a last stop (except the first stop).
  4. Step 4: Click on ‘optimize’ and a new window with the optimized route will appear.
  5. Step 5: Click on ‘Send directions to your phone’ to send the optimized route to the Google Maps app on your phone.

With the optimized route in your phone app, you are ready to go!

Download Zeo Route Planner for Google Maps Chrome Extension right away!

What is Zeo route planner?

Zeo Route Planner is a route optimization platform. It doesn’t require any coding and allows you to plan optimized routes within seconds! It’s pocket-friendly and super easy to use.

If you need to optimize for more than 10 stops – consider Zeo’s Mobile Route Planner if you are an individual driver or Zeo’s Route Planner for Fleets if you are doing business with multiple vehicles. With these, you can add up to 2000 stops in a single route!


Route planning doesn’t have to be a tedious task, especially if you are doing it daily. Amp up the capabilities of Google Maps by using Zeo Chrome Extension along with it!

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    How to Create Route?

    How do I add stop by typing and searching? Web

    Follow these steps to add a stop by typing and searching:

    • Go to Playground Page. You will find a search box in top left.
    • Type in your desired stop and it will show search results as you type.
    • Select one of the search results to add the stop to list of unassigned stops.

    How do I import stops in bulk from an excel file? Web

    Follow these steps to add stops in bulk using an excel file:

    • Go to Playground Page.
    • In top right corner you will see import icon. Press on that icon & a modal will open.
    • If you already have an excel file, press the “Upload stops via flat file” button & a new window will open up.
    • If you don’t have an existing file, you can download a sample file and input all your data accordingly, then upload it.
    • In the new window, upload your file and match the headers & confirm mappings.
    • Review your confirmed data and add the stop.

    How do I import stops from an image? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stops in bulk by uploading an image:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • Bottom bar has 3 icons in left. Press on image icon.
    • Select the image from gallery if you already have one or take a picture if you don’t have existing.
    • Adjust the crop for the selected image & press crop.
    • Zeo will automatically detect the addresses from the image. Press on done and then save & optimize to create route.

    How do I add a stop using Latitude and Longitude? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stop if you have Latitude & Longitude of the address:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • If you already have an excel file, press the “Upload stops via flat file” button & a new window will open up.
    • Below search bar, select the “by lat long” option and then enter the latitude and longitude in the search bar.
    • You will see results in the search, select one of them.
    • Select additional options according to your need & click on “Done adding stops”.

    How do I add a using a QR Code? Mobile

    Follow these steps to add stop using QR Code:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • Bottom bar has 3 icons in left. Press on QR code icon.
    • It will open up a QR Code scanner. You can scan normal QR code as well as FedEx QR code and it will automatically detect address.
    • Add the stop to route with any additional options.

    How do I delete a stop? Mobile

    Follow these steps to delete a stop:

    • Go to Zeo Route Planner App and open On Ride page.
    • You will see a icon. Press on that icon & press on New Route.
    • Add some stops using any of the methods & click on save & optimize.
    • From the list of stops that you have, long press on any stop that you want to delete.
    • It will open window asking you to select the stops that you want to remove. Click on Remove button and it will delete the stop from your route.