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This weekend I was on a 7h trip and looking for the next favorite restaurant along the route. All had was an android cell phone and a pretty slow internet connection. My first try was the hompage of that fast food company but that was not optimized for slow internet/cell phone So I gave a up after 10mins waiting.

My one and only test with google maps just showed the restaurants in the vicinity (off the route).

So if I plan a route with google maps or even navigate, is it possible to define a search for POIs along the current route (like for favourite fast food restaurants)?


Just realized that there's a workaround for a machine with sufficient screen size - just set the route on google maps and enter your favourite restaurants name in the search box. Maps will show all hits on the actual view, zooming in/zooming out will change the result list. So at home it's possible to quickly find POI's along the route (just because route and POIs are displayed on one map).

But this is not an option for a cell phone display - if I zoom out to look around 150 km ahead on the route, then the map and the results are far to small...

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Road.li lets you put in your start point, end point, and a query, and it will show you places that match the query along your route. It also shows how much time each place adds to your trip.

It is a tool that I created.

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Really nice tool! –  Andreas_D Sep 9 '13 at 9:55

I know this is quite an old question, but I found this site that provides some value:

Find Businesses On Your Way

It's not perfect (or perhaps I've not played with it enough yet), but it's better than anything else I've stumbled across so far.

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Find It On My Way let's you put in your search term, from location, to location, and the radius (distance off your route) to find matches in. It shows you the results on a Google Map display, the directions for your base route, and a list of matches. You can click a result and it will add that location in and refresh the directions. I've used it on my iPhone before.

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Great! Although I'm a bit disappointed by the number of results - a quick test with my last route (through Germany) showed that it missed at least 50% of all known 'places' - even if I set the radius to 5 miles... But at least - that's one more bookmark on my xperia, thanks! –  Andreas_D Jul 12 '10 at 21:22
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Either the link has changed or this is a pure spam answer. –  GollyJer May 30 '11 at 16:29
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@GollyJer, yikes, that page has totally changed in the last couple months. I pulled it up in the wayback machine so you can see (kind of, without css and images, etc) that there used to be a very relevant page there. I'm not immediately sure of an alternative, but I'll look for one. –  Rebecca Chernoff May 30 '11 at 16:57
    
It's too bad Google Navigation doesn't have this option. It's the one feature our in car navigation has that bests Google. –  GollyJer May 30 '11 at 17:16

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