Now tells you when your ride will actually arrive. Cities covered include: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin.
The folks at Google HQ are always working overtime to roll out new and exciting services for mobile phone users, and this time it’s done so by adding live transit updates to Google Maps.
“Starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop can tell you when your ride is actually going to arrive with new live transit updates,” it said in a blog post. “We partnered with transit agencies to integrate live transit data in four U.S. cities and two European cities: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin.”
More often than not transit riders can only tell when their ride is supposed to arrive rather than when it actually will.
Google Maps live transit updates feature changes all of that.
“When you click on a transit station or plan a transit route with Google Maps and there are delays or alerts related to your trip, you’ll now see ‘live departure times’ (indicated with a special icon) and service alerts,” it added.
As I mentioned before, it’s currently limited to a total of six cities, but Google says it’s working to expand public transit partners to more cities in the future.