New Delhi: Google map users will now be able to see live train status for Indian Railways trains on the platform and bus travel times from live traffic across 10 major Indian cities. These are among a slew of “India-first” features being introduced by Google. The tech giant’s navigation service is also going to provide users with combined suggestions of auto-rickshaw and public transport.
An official statement released by Google said that these features are aimed at allowing users to plan public transport trips quickly and easily.
The live train status feature
Using Google maps, people will now be able to know when their train is going to arrive and their real-time live running status. Users will have to search for the starting location and destination to see the complete list of trains on that route. They can then see their live locations and whether they are running late on Google Maps.
“This feature was developed in partnership with the Where is My Train app that Google acquired last year,” the statement said.
Which cities are covered?
The feature relies on Google’s live traffic data and public bus schedules to calculate delays and provide accurate travel timings. The features have been rolled out in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore, and Surat.
“We at Google are focused on building Maps features that will help deliver a more relevant, accurate, and reliable experience for commuters. Transit navigation is one of the most popular Maps features in India, and we look forward to these new features will bring more value to users,” Google Maps Product Manager Taylah Hasaballah said.
As Google prepares to show mixed-mode direction results that include auto-rickshaws, users will also be shown the indicative duration of the journey and which station they should take an auto-rickshaw to and from. Users will also be able to see meter estimate and departure times for their transit connection.
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Initially, Google is going to roll out this feature in Delhi and Bangalore and extend to other cities later.