New Features of Google Maps makes commute easier in India
New Delhi: Google has introduced three new India-specific navigation features for Google Maps. The first one will be for public transport, the second for train journeys, and the last is a mixed-mode navigation option.
Real-time bus travel information
Google Maps will soon show the delay one might face during their bus journey by taking into account the live traffic status of the route. In case a delay is expected, users will see a message in red colour that will tell the amount of time by which the regular commute time will be extended due to traffic congestion or any other factor.
In case there is no delay, commuters will see the transport time in green text. This feature is initially being launched in Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysore, Pune, and Surat.
Live train status
This India-specific feature will tell users the live status of a train and check if it is delayed, however, it will work only in case of a long distance train journey. As per Google’s official blog post, this feature was developed in collaboration with the ‘Where is my Train’ app that was acquired by the search giant last year.
Mixed-mode navigation with auto-rickshaw recommendation
For users who have to switch between a bus and auto, or metro and auto on a regular basis, this new feature will certainly come in handy. It will tell users when they should take an auto-rickshaw and what station or stop will be the most suitable to take one after switching from another means of transport such as metro, local train, or a bus.