Google announced on Thursday that it will introduce new predictions for transit stress actions in its Maps app. Now you can see how busy your bus, train or metro is before you set off.
Google bases these details on previous journeys. For months, Google has been asking some people who use Google Maps for additional information about the busyness of their transit journeys. After completing their journeys, the riders were given four options: many empty seats, a few empty seats, only standing space or only a tight standing space.
Now the company has collected enough data to be able to make predictions to customers using Google Maps to plan their daily commute. The new feature is available today in 200 cities around the world. (About a quarter of the cities are in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal.)
For example, a Tokyo train rider traveling from Shibuya to Shinjuku can see the Yamanote line usually at 9.40 am & # 39; stand-alone space & # 39; has. That may or may not be enough information to change your shuttle decisions, but it certainly helps a little to see an extremely busy train drive to the station. If anything, people can now make a well-considered decision whether or not to sit further or wait a few minutes if you are more inclined to hook a chair.
In addition, Google Maps also starts delays in the live traffic of buses in places where commuters do not yet have real-time information directly from local transit agencies. You can now see if your bus will be late, how long the delay will be and more accurate travel times based on the traffic situation on your route. You also see exactly where the delays are on the map so you know what to expect before you jump on your bus.
These new features come on top of a series of product updates rolled out by Google Maps in recent months, including incognito mode, real-time speeds, parking locations and traffic jam crowdsourcing. Google is clearly interested in maintaining the pole position of navigation apps, especially since companies that make trips, such as Uber and Lyft, turn their respective plays into one-stop shops for all forms of urban transport. (And if Google Maps gets a bit overwhelming with the notifications, here's a guide to turn them off.)