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Google Maps to Now Predict Crowd Situation on Buses, Trains for Passengers

Earlier this week, Google also rolled out the “Stay Safer” feature in India that would alert Android users travelling in public vehicles if their drivers deviate more than 0.5 km from the suggested route on Maps

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Google is testing video reviews as part of its 'Local Guides programme. (Representative image) Pixabay

Adding to the plethora of new features that Google has been introducing to Maps, the search-engine giant would now predict transit crowdedness of buses and trains for passengers.

The new feature has already been made available in around 200 cities around the globe, The Verge reported on Thursday.

The search-engine giant is basing these details on past rides and for months and has been asking some people who use Maps to provide additional details about the level of crowdedness of their transit trips.

After completing their trips, riders were given four options: many empty seats, few empty seats, standing room only or cramped standing room only.

Now that the company has collected enough data, it has begun offering predictions to customers who use Maps to plan their daily commute.

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Google Maps is flooded by about 11 million false listings and phone numbers that reroute to competing businesses. Pixabay

In addition, Maps is also launching live traffic delays for buses in places where commuters do not already have real-time information direct from local transit agencies.

According to the report, users would now be able to see if their busses are running late, how long would the delay last and other more accurate travel times based on live traffic conditions along the route.

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These new features come on top of a range of updates rolled out to Maps in the past few months, including Incognito mode, real-time speeds, parking locations and traffic jam crowd-sourcing.

Earlier this week, Google also rolled out the “Stay Safer” feature in India that would alert Android users travelling in public vehicles if their drivers deviate more than 0.5 km from the suggested route on Maps. (IANS)

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Google Maps to Unveil ‘Local Guides’ for Personalised Recommendations

Last week, Google Maps rolled out an update that lets you take control over your profile picture and your bio

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In addition to providing smart recommendations based on places you rate and visit, you'll now be able to follow pre-selected Local Guides and discover new locations thanks to their reviews on Google Maps. Pixabay

With nifty updates and additions, Google Maps has been evolving since quite some time and now the company is working towards adding a new functionality that would let users to follow Local Guides for better personalised recommendations.

For the time being, the new and extremely useful feature is being currently piloted in nine cities including Delhi, San Francisco, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, London, New York, Osaka, and Mexico City.

In addition to providing smart recommendations based on places you rate and visit, you’ll now be able to follow pre-selected Local Guides and discover new locations thanks to their reviews.

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With nifty updates and additions, Google Maps has been evolving since quite some time and now the company is working towards adding a new functionality that would let users to follow Local Guides for better personalised recommendations. Pixabay

The connoisseurs are picked based on how active they are on Maps and the number of posts on the platform, Android Police reported on Saturday.

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Last week, Google Maps rolled out an update that lets you take control over your profile picture and your bio. (IANS)