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Google Maps gets massive refresh, adds Uber as transport option

Google‘s continued creep into travel services continues with its Map product for Android and iPhone/iPad gaining Uber integration.

The addition of the on-demand taxi hailing service comes as part of a wider overhaul of the maps product which includes a number of other new features.

When users now compare transport options, Uber transport option will be listed if the existing app is installed on mobile. If a user clicks on the Uber transport option in maps app, Uber’s service will load to complete the taxi request.

This option is currently available only in “some cities”.

Uber integration with Google Maps

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In August 2013, Google Ventures, the investment arm of Google, led an investment of $258 million in Uber. At the time, CEO and co-founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, said:

“Google is a technology powerhouse, with billions of users on an incredibly complementary product suite ranging from Google Maps to Android to self-driving vehicles.

“We look to Google and Google Ventures for the strategic connectivity to their product initiatives alongside the expertise that comes with evangelizing new technology with governments and regulatory bodies around the world.”

Uber has expanded its service significantly in recent months, having services in over 100 cities in 35 countries globally.

The integration is certainly a boost for Uber and it gives an additional lead-generation platform compared to its competitors such as Lyft (received $250 million funding recently).

Other new features in the Google Map app include:

  • Ability to see which lane to stay in or move to while driving.
  • Users can save maps using the “Save map to use offline” button for accessing it offline.
  • Users can browse restaurants, bars and hotels with a new set of filters – by opening hours, rating, price, and more.
  • While searching for train transport option, now users will be able to choose the time and day they want to leave. Also, option to see “last train home” is also available.
  • Save places and access it via all devices.
  • Access Street View feature where available.
 
 
Karthick Prabu

About the Writer :: Karthick Prabu

Karthick is general manager for Tnooz in Asia, based in Bangalore.

He has previously worked for Port of Singapore Authority, SITA, TravelCLICK, Rezopia, Travelocity, MindTree and Happiest Minds Technologies.

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