Google is rolling out two new features to Google Maps through the updates this week for both Android and iOS users. Commute times are often unpredictable and probably long. The first feature “Commute Tab” includes a commuter focussed update that provides additional information such as the congestion or disruption of the route before you leave. In case of any delay, the new google maps commute tab also offers alternate traffic routes so that you can reach your destination faster. The new update allows one-tap access for all the live traffic and transit information, and if you happen to be an android user, you would be able to receive notifications about delays and disruptions.
What does the addition of Commute Tab to Google Maps bring to the Table?
Those depending on public transport will now be able to view more information in each leg of the journey. So, if you are planning to arrive at the bus stop seconds before the bus, then the new feature comes in handy. You would now be able to view your train or bus in real-time and thus helps you plan your travel accordingly. The new update would now be available in 80 countries worldwide. Further, if you happen to be living in Sydney, Google maps further show the passenger capacity of bus or train. It is now expected to roll out the feature in other cities soon. Google has partnered with Transport New South Wales to facilitate this feature.
Another interesting feature included in the update is the ability to control the music right within the navigation app. If you are using Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, you would be able to control the music and podcasts within the app rather than shuffling between the apps. The new features would be rolled out globally through the Google Play Store or the App Store starting this week.