Google Adds Lyft and Gett to Google Maps
Google today boosted the number of ride-hailing services available within Google Maps to a total of nine. Moving forward, Lyft and Gett will display ride options in the U.S. alongside Uber and others, allowing users to find the cheapest, quickest, or most appealing option to get from one place to another. Google Maps will display estimated ride arrival times, travel times, and fares, as well as any additional services that may be offered by each individual ride provider. The new ride-hailing options are available to Maps for Android and iOS.
Google Adds Ride-Hailing Estimates to Maps
Google Maps can now tell users how quickly a taxi or Uber might take to get them from Point A to Point B, as well as offer an estimate of fares. When people search for directions from their phone, Maps will display a dedicated tab with info on ride-hailing services, such as Uber.
Google Lets Maps Users Book, Pay for Uber without Leaving Maps
Google today made it easier to hail rides from more car services within Google Maps. The new ride services mode now shows a map with a carousel of car providers that are nearby.
Facebook Adds Ride Hailing to Messenger
Facebook updated its Messenger app today with the ability to hail rides from select car service providers. The first partner is Uber, but Facebook plans to add others, such as Lyft, soon.
Google Search and Maps to Show Live Restaurant Wait Times
Google can now let you know just how long the wait will be at your favorite restaurant. Google is adding live wait times to Google Search and Google Maps.