Google has announced a slight redesign for its Maps service today. It's not the 'chrome' around the actual maps that has a new look this time around, but the maps themselves. The driving, navigation, transit and explore maps now better highlight the most relevant information for each experience: things such as gas stations when you're in navigation mode, or train stations for transit.
Points of interest are now color-coded, which means it will be much easier to spot them on the map. Each specific type of place has a designated color and icon, so that it's possible to find with just a glance. If you access the Source linked below you can see a cheat sheet of the new colors and icons to help you know what to expect.
From Google Blog
First, we’ve updated the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on). We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map. For example, if you’re in a new neighborhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the color for Food & Drink spots).