Google Maps updates offer increased efficiency that makes public transport users easier to predict when they travel.
Maps launch two new features for public transport passengers. As reported from Gsmarena on Thursday (27/06/2019).
The first update offers a direct delay for the bus. Bus routes are usually estimated based on the time the average bus passes the route. And sometimes the amount of time the bus takes before arriving at the bus stop.
This feature adds to the delay in bus route traffic for the transit that has not offered real-time departures. Users will be able to see where the delay is and how much time they will be added to the trip.
Another feature is the prediction of the bus density. Google gradually began asking for feedback from the users of Maps and one of the questions is whether the transit routes are crowded.
Just like Google Maps that can predict when traffic will be crowded, new features can alert users when the train or bus is crowded. And predict whether there will be a seat, or only space to stand on the journey.
The new transit feature is now being launched on the iOS Maps and Android ver. It is included with the support of more than 200 cities around the world and its transit network.
As quoted from the Techcrunch page, this is not the first time Google has used a large footprint of Maps to make predictions about people. The company has introduced a similar feature to predict crowd size in restaurants and other retail locations.