Fortunately for people planning out journeys via public transportation or vehicleshare services, Google Maps has been picking those methods up one by one by one to offer a better real-time navigation experience.
1 Empire Group's John Burnett, Fortune executive editor Adam Lashinsky, Kadina Group President Gary B. Smith and MAXFunds founder Jonas Max Ferris on how Google Maps added a new feature that will allow you to check how busy your commute will be. Now, Google Maps is expanding the scope of transit directions by combining biking and ridesharing options into the mix.
This feature is handy if you are taking a subway home from a friend's house, but the subway station is still too far away from your apartment.
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Earlier this year, some transit directions began suggesting using a vehicle of some sort for first-mile or last-mile legs - separate from the whole-trip rideshare suggestions the tab already provided - as a way to include park-and-ride commuters and those who have friends or family to drop them off at the station.
In brief: Getting around modern cities is hardly a straightforward process; especially for those who haven't lived in them their entire lives. You will also get to see how much traffic is there on your way and how much time you have to wait there. You will see routes tailored for cyclists and other information that may affect your total travel time and ETA. Google Maps will also let users select their favorite rideshare provider and other available ride options like pool or economy. The most recent addition is Google's partnership with Lime, announced in late 2018, which shows options to get to your destination via scooter. For those who're unaware, Google previously added a feature that can deliver crowdedness predictions of public transports such as buses or trains.
Google says this will start rolling out to 30 countries in the coming weeks. The Multi-Mode feature will be available on both Android and iOS platform.
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