Google Maps Adds Real-Time Public Transport Data
Google today announced a new feature for Google Maps for Mobile that will alert public transportation users when their train and/or bus will actually arrive. When users click on a transit station or plan a transit route with Google Maps and there are delays or alerts related to the planned route, users will see "live departure times" and alerts that may be associated with that transit line. Google says it has teamed up with transit agencies in a handful of cities and countries to add this feature. The initial batch of cities including this capability are Boston; Portland, Ore.; San Diego; San Francisco; and Madrid and Turin. Google said it is working with other cities and transit agencies to expand the reach of this service. Live transit data is available in Google Maps for Android (devices running Android 1.6 and up), as well as most mobile browsers and the desktop version of Google Maps.
Google Adds Real-Time Tabs to Google Maps for Android
Google today updated its Google Maps app for Android devices with new tab-based tools meant to help access real-time information with a single tap. Moving forward, three tabs appear at the bottom of Maps' home screen: places, driving, and transit.
Apple Maps Gains Transit Directions
Apple today announced that Apple Maps in iOS 9 will support transit information and directions. The update supports multi-modal trips, including walking, subway, and ferry segments.
Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.
Google Adds Multi-Stop Directions to Maps
Google gave Google Maps users the ability to plan multi-stop trips. The latest version of Google Maps allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.
Google Maps Improves Local Transit Accuracy and Availability
Google today improved Google Maps by expanding the number of regions in which it offers local transit directions. Google added real-time transit info from 25 new partners across six new areas, including the U.K., Netherlands, Budapest, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.