the recent update to Maps (7.6.0) has broken Google Now, for me.
When I swipe to the Now screen and refresh it, I always get a message saying "Unfortunately maps has stopped."
Have uninstalled the update through Play Store, it's on 7.4.0 now, the error in Now has disappeared.
Any one else seeing this ???
Play Store is now offering Maps 7.6.1 which has solved the issue for me.