There are two separate widget options. The first allows users to check traffic conditions, store opening times, restaurant reviews, and more for a given location, while the second is designed to let users find places that are nearby like restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores.
The widget can be used to get quick access to home directions as well, and it has a search interface available for inputting directions right from the Home Screen.
The Google Maps widget can be accessed using the “+” button either in the Today View or on the Home Screen after downloading the latest version of the app. [Direct Link]