Google Maps is multimodal. The navigation app today announced the launch of a new feature that combines transit sightlines with bike and ride exchange options, allowing customers to get directions from point A to point B using different transport modes.
Both functions work by entering your destination and then on the & # 39; Transit & # 39; tab. in the app. If you're interested in taking a ride-sharing vehicle, you'll see information about each leg of your trip, including how much your ride costs, how long the wait is, if there is traffic on your ride, and when your bus or train leaves . If you like cycling, you will see tailor-made routes for cyclists, along with everything you need to know about the transit part of your journey.
It is the newest feature in Google Maps' ongoing efforts to make itself more user-friendly for commuters and transit drivers. Earlier this summer, it added new predictions for the hustle and bustle of transit, so that customers could see how busy their bus, train, or subway was likely before they went on a journey.
Google is not the only tech giant that wants to appeal to transit drivers. Uber has recently started integrating transit directions in its app. Customers who live in Denver can even buy train tickets with their Uber account. Both companies build advanced algorithms that depend on data flows from transport agencies with regard to routes and schedules. Moreover, it is a race between tech giants to become a one-stop shop for transport.
Transit directions linked to ride sharing and cycling will be rolled out on iOS from today. Starting today, Android users will also get to share transit plus rides, but they will have to wait a little longer for transit plus cycling.