Google Maps launched three India-first features on Tuesday, targeted at users of public transport. Users in India can now see bus travel times from live traffic in 10 of the largest cities, get live train status for Indian Railways trains, and get commute suggestions that combine auto-rickshaws and public transport.
Accurate bus timings using live traffic data
Google Maps users can now get more more accurate bus travel times that are based on live traffic. This feature uses Google’s live traffic data and public bus schedules to calculate delays and provide accurate travel times. The feature is now live in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Surat. To use the feature, users can enter their starting location and destination and tap the transit tab. The results will include the time in green (when running on time) or red (when delayed.)
Real-time information on trains
Google Maps can now help users find out when their train is going to arrive by indicating the real-time status. Users can search for their starting location and destination, or their starting station and destination, to see a list of trains that they can take. From there, they can easily see the real-time status, and whether any of them are delayed, from within Google Maps. This feature was developed in partnership with the Where is My Train app, which Google acquired last year.
Mixed-mode directions that include auto-rickshaws
The third new feature is support for directions that combine auto-rickshaws and public transport. The public transport tab on Google Maps for Android will now tell users when taking such a journey is a good option, how long it will take, and which station they should take an auto-rickshaw to or from. They can also see the rickshaw metre estimate and departure times for their transit connection. This feature will be available for Delhi and Bangalore to start with, and will soon be extended to more cities, Google said.