Well, Google has confirmed the new Commute features are rolling out to Android and iOS users this week, and to use the features, head over to Google Play Store or Apple App Store to update the app. That's because Google Maps just added a new function that monitors traffic in real-time and lets commuters know whether their drive or public transit will be delayed.
Google Maps to offer support for mixed-mode commutes Not only that, Google Maps will now be able to show estimated time for travel including multiple transportation modes, if that's what you do such as driving and public transit. Moreover, In future, Google is also working on the feature which tells you how many seats available in that train or bus.
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If there are delays, the app will suggest alternative routes. In fact, Google claims that a rush hour commute can be up to 60 percent longer than what you think it will be when you roll out of the parking lot. Everything from the traffic on the road to station delays and even the amount of time it'd take you to walk from your vehicle to the bus or train figures into the total ETA.
Another much-needed feature added by Google is the integration of music services to the platform. The new features are created to enable you to plan ahead, prepare for disruptions and er, listen to some bangin' tunes on the bus. The majority of us enjoy listening to music or a podcast during the route so many would open up their favorite music player (streaming or locally stored) and start-up a playlist before minimizing it and opening the Google Maps application. Now you don't need to leave Google Maps to skip a track, with Spotify users even able to browse tracks and playlists, too. Say goodbye to toggling between apps, and rock out knowing that you can keep your eyes where they should be - on the road. Launching in 80 regions around the world today, Google Maps will now show you where your bus or train is and how long it'll be before your ride arrives at your stop.