This Google Maps update could be a day saver for sleepy commuters

Posted December 12, 2017

Not only do you get the exact route that is relevant to you and gets you there the fastest, but you also get the time that you'll need to reach there, considering the mode of transport you have. What's new here is that you'll soon be able to tap a "start" button at the bottom the screen with the details about your transit journey and then get live updates as you walk or ride on your local buses and trains.

Google has been testing out the feature among a small group of users, with plans to launch it 'soon, ' TechCrunch reports.

The changes will bring Maps in line with Citymapper, a competing service that specialises in making public transport easier to use. As you might expect, this information shows after you've started navigation on Google Maps.

Our understanding is that Google Maps will even remind you to get off your bus or train when you get close to your stop.

Google Maps is becoming smarter with every new update, and the shiny new makeover the app received back in November is a testament to that. These updates will appear within the app when you have it open as well as on the lock screen during your trip.

Google products set to incorporate the new feature include Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Earth, and Android Auto. Now, Google is preparing to add another useful feature to Maps for those who are regular users of public transit.

The new Google icons will help people looking for places of worship. However, there's no estimated wait time for the feature's arrival in the Google Maps app.

Have you spotted anything genuinely odd on Google Maps? Google hopes to roll out the feature to other cities in the future.