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Google Maps Unveils Three New Features for Public Transport

This feature would be available for Delhi and Bengaluru initially before being rolled out to more cities later, Google said

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Google Maps on Tuesday launched three new public transport features, including live train status, to help commuters in India.

Google Maps users in 10 of the largest cities in India will be able to see bus travel times from live traffic, get live train status for Indian Railways, and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport.

“Transit navigation is one of the most popular Maps features in India, and we look forward to these new features that will bring more value to users,” said Taylah Hasaballah, Product Manager, Google Maps, while announcing the new India-first features.

Google Maps users can view bus travel times based on live traffic. This uses Google’s live traffic data and public bus schedules to calculate delays and provide accurate travel times. First product of its kind, this will enable commuters know how long the bus trip will take when factoring in live traffic conditions.

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

This feature is now live in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Chennai, Mysuru, Coimbatore and Surat.

Google Maps can now help users know when their train is going to arrive by indicating the real-time live running status. This feature was developed in partnership with the ‘Where is My Train’ app that Google acquired in 2018.

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The public transport tab on Google Maps for Android will now tell users when taking a journey that combines auto-rickshaw and public transport is a good option. It will also indicate how much time it will take, and which station they should take an auto-rickshaw to/from.

They can also see the rickshaw meter estimate, and departure times for their transit connection. This feature would be available for Delhi and Bengaluru initially before being rolled out to more cities later, Google said. (IANS)

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Google Maps Update Now Lets You Edit Your Profile

The new update of google maps lets its users edit their profile

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Google maps introduces a new feature that lets users edit their public profile. Pixabay

Aiming to offer better control over what other users see when they take a look at your page, Google Maps has rolled out an update that lets you take control over your profile picture and your bio, the media has reported.

The search engine giant, until now, let users to manage their public profile from the app.

With the new My profile tab, you have more control over how others see your contributions in Maps, Android Police reported on Saturday.

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The new profile page is rolling out server-side to Google Maps users. Pixabay

Users, until now, could essentially select their “your contributions” option in the app’s side bar to pull up their Local Guide information, assuming they participated and then chose a “view public profile” option from the triple-dot menu.

This only displayed their name, profile picture, and their reviews and ratings.

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The new profile page is rolling out server-side to Maps users, but it doesn’t hurt to be on the latest version (v10.29.1 on APK Mirror) to see it. We’re also expecting a change in the contributions tab that completely removes the old interface in favour of the new one that’s been in beta for several months, the report added. (IANS)