Google announced that the Maps app will feature a car services tabs that shows fares and riding options.
Google is reportedly trying to develop its own car-hailing service. Some are already speculating the new service will be a fleet of autonomous cars. To ready itself for the next project, Google made an announcement.
Google announced that Google Maps will now feature car services in the form of tabs on its maps. Google seems to be prepping in the world of car-hailing services such as Uber. The new feature will allow Google to learn all there is about on-demand transport landscape.
Google Maps will now show fares and riding options from a number of providers in addition to Uber. The partners are 99Taxis in Brazil, Ola Cabs in India and Hailo in the U.K. and Spain.
Similarly mytaxi in Germany and Spain and Gett in the U.K. will be visible on Google Maps. Previously Uber was the first service to be integrated into the Google Maps app globally in 2014.
Now the app has five more services featured in the app. If Google does decide to start its own service it will have no problem breaking it in the car service industry. The new feature on Google Maps will first come to Android then iOS.
According to Google, the services will be shown on a dedicated ‘taxi’ tab in the app. Previously Uber was shown at the bottom of a long list of travel routes in the app.
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The new feature also helps the Google app as an all-in-one option for people planning a trip. Even the car service providers are not paying Google anything at all; the tech giant may find some way to generate revenue.