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Google Maps Announces New Commute Features Plan Ahead, Multi-mode Commute, and More

Commuting sometimes can be very crowded and at some time we all wish some magic for a quicker transportation, today, Google has introduced a number of new additions to the Maps app to assist people with their daily commute.

Designed for end users these features will let them plan their commute, become aware of inevitable disruptions, and possibly avoid them altogether.

Take control of your commute with Google Maps
If you’ve ever been stuck in a hot, crowded subway tunnel or caught in gridlocked traffic wishing that you could magically transport yourself to work,

Plan Ahead Before Leaving

By navigating to and a one-tap on the new “commute tab,” users can get access to live traffic and transit information relevant to their commute.

A notification will let users know whether there will be a normal commute or if there will be delays as a result of things like an accident or heavy traffic.

In case of an anticipated delay, a suggested alternative route will save them time.

Additionally, Android users will get notifications about delays and disruptions on route as they happen.

You can see-how this feature works in the GIF animation below:

Google Maps Commutes Tab

Mixed-mode Commute Support

Another new addition specifically for mixed-mode commutes involving both driving, walking, and public transit [ Drive 🚗, walk 🚶🏽 and ride 🚌 ]

For each leg of commute, people will get information about things like traffic on the way, when the next train departs, and how walking distance from the train station to work.

Google Maps will automatically reason this into the individual’s ETA enabling them to expect an exact time to reach office.

Here is a GIF of multi-mode commute:

Google Maps Mutli-mode commutes

Real-Time Transit Information

Transit riders in 80 regions worldwide will now show exactly where a bus or train is in real-time on the Google Map.

Commuters will be able to better plan as they already would know whether their bus or train is on time or delayed even by a few minutes.

In addition, Google Maps in Sydney will show “how full the next bus or train is” so they know whether a seat is available or not. Google has partnered with Transport New South Wales.

This feature will be rolling out in more cities around the globe, “soon.”

This GIFnimage shows the new real-time transit information transit board, departure times, vehicles on the map, crowdness:

Google Maps real-time transit information

Streaming Services Integration¬†🎸

Google is integrating streaming services, including Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify within Google Maps so users can control music right from the navigation.

In the image below you can see Spotify inside Maps navigation:

Google Maps Commute integrates music streaming services

These new commute features are rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS starting “this week.”


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