Google has been updating its apps and services every now and then to offer more features and enhanced experience. With that in mind, the search engine giant has now added a new feature to its Google Maps service. We’re talking about the Multi-Mode transit directions. This feature pairs transit directions with biking and ride-sharing options. If you’re daily commute often includes multiple modes of transport, then this new feature is tailor-made for you.
Google Maps New Update Adds Ride-Sharing and Biking to Transit
Well, Google already has an Uber feature that allows the user to make use of the ride-sharing feature. Google Maps also shows public transportation details in various cities across the globe. The company is now planning to merge both the feature together to help users who use multiple modes of transportation often. These features will come in handy in situations where you have to combine public transport with a ride-sharing feature. For instance, if your apartment is quite far from the station, you can make use of this all-new feature.
The entire working of the feature is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is type in the destination and hit the transit tab. You will now be able to see cycling and ride-sharing options. In ride-sharing option, you will see additional details such as the leg of your trips, total ride cost, waiting time and much more. Moreover, you will also be able to see traffic status and bus or train departure timing on the very same screen. You can also switch to your favorite rideshare provider and its available options.
For those who will be biking, you’ll see routes specifically made for cyclists with all the other necessary details right on a single screen. The best part is the app will give you ETA time factoring the total travel time including switching between modes. For those who’re unaware, Google previously added a feature that can deliver crowdedness predictions of public transports such as buses or trains.
Multi-Mode Feature: Availability
According to Google, this new multi-mode transit feature will officially roll out in the coming weeks. The new feature will hit 30 countries across the globe with more in the pipeline. The Multi-Mode feature will be available on both Android and iOS platform. If you receive the update in the coming days, don’t forget to let us know using the comment section below.