Google Maps for mobile introduces live transit updates
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is adding live transit updates to its Maps solution for mobile devices and the desktop, updating consumers on when their bus or subway train will actually arrive, as opposed to when it is scheduled to arrive.
Google Maps will provide users with scheduled and expected departure times for public transit.
Google is partnering with transit agencies in four U.S. cities (Boston, San Diego, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.) as well as two European cities (Madrid, Spain and Turin, Italy) to integrate real-time transit data into the Maps platform--when users click on a transit station or route, the application will identify delays or alerts related to their route, as well as live departure times and service updates.
The transit updates are now live on the latest version of Google Maps for mobile for Android smartphones as well as Google Maps on all supported desktop and mobile browsers. Google adds it is working with its public transit partners to expand the service to additional cities.
Google unveiled version 5.5 of its Maps solution for Android devices late last month, adding check-ins and user rating buttons to Place pages. Android users who open a Place page from their device can now check in or out of that location via Google's Latitude friend finder service or submit a rating or review. Google Maps 5.5 for Android is available on all devices running Android OS 1.6 and up.
Google notes that more than 200 million subscribers worldwide use Google Maps for mobile across various platforms and device models. In late May, Google Vice President of Location and Local Services Marissa Mayer said mobile now accounts for over 40 percent of all Maps usage and is on pace to surpass the desktop version sometime this month.
- read this Official Google Mobile Blog entry
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