Google has brought a tiny yet helpful update to Google Maps. Users will now have a smoother and convenient experience whenever they to try to catch a ride from private transportation service apps like Uber, Lyft, Gett or Hailo.
The app will now show a map with the location of cars surrounding the area and a list of options for each service. Although Google Maps seems like it's taking the spotlight away from Uber, Google Ventures invested a lot into Uber some time in 2013, which means that Google maps is interested in Uber's success.
Google now also lets you book your Uber rides, track you driver, and connect with the driver all from the comfort of your Google Maps app without ever leaving it. Users can also check information about their destination while passengers are on their way. You can also pay for the service directly to Google Maps. You do need an Uber account and that's pretty much all you need to do. Apparently, you don't even need to have the Uber app installed on your mobile device.
"When you open ride services mode, instead of a long list of ride service providers and ride options, you'll see the map you know and love, along with a carousel of ride service providers in your area," says Sara McKindley Torti, the Senior Product Manager in a blog post. Users simply need to just tap on your preferred provider so patrons are there for a complete list of ride options and special offers or promotions.
Google seems to be making Google Maps an all-in-one app. Aside from the update on the riding service, users can also reserve a table at a local restaurant, book a fitness class, and simple food delivery.
Apple Maps is also available for ordering both Uber and Lyft since last September. The app update is now available for Android and iOS devices.