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This Google Maps update could be a day saver for sleepy commuters

12 December, 2017, 18:33 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Google Maps will soon tell you when it's time to get off your train or bus

Google Maps will reportedly send live notifications mentioning its time to de-board on the user's phone.

According to TechCrunch, Google will soon add real-time updates for public transit journeys on Google Maps.

For example, if you're looking for a coffee shop in a new neighborhood, you could open Google Maps and look for the nearest orange icon - the color code for Food and Drink places. However, this feature is only available for Android users but will soon be available on iOS too.

When the feature rolls out, there will likely be a start button at the bottom of the screen when you look up how to go to a destination. With this new feature, Google Maps can help prevent you from missing your bus or train stop and ending up in a neighboring city 20 miles past where you planned to get off. Additionally, the app will also be reminding you to get off at your train station or bus stop when you get close to it.

The report also points out the lock screen notifications are interactive, making it possible to scan through the directions rather than have to enter the app. After that, live updates will begin to appear while you are walking or riding in public transport.

The real-time updates will be given while a user is are on his/her transit journey and the updates will appear in the Google Maps app. Some may have received the update already so others will definitely follow.

Have you spotted anything genuinely odd on Google Maps?

As any recent transplant to New York City can tell you, smartphone apps are vital for finding your way around the city until you get a hang of the subway system. Google Maps recently introduced the motorcycle mode, keeping the large number of people traveling by motorcycles in mind.

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