Google has introduced another feature to facilitate its Maps app users as now apart from giving directions and showing live traffic updates, users will soon be able to book their Uber rides from within the app.
The new feature was announced by Google on Thursday, as their Maps app is experimenting the new feature with integrations of ride services such as Uber and Lyft, which will allow the users to book a ride and pay for them without leaving the Maps app.
The update to the app will be made available for both Android and iOS users worldwide, after having rolled out the service last year in the US and few other countries globally.
“You’ll now see more types of ride options and more actionable information. 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,” Sara McKinley Torti writes.
Booking a ride service via the Google Maps app will also give you certain special promotional offers, as per the company.
In March last year, Google had integrated a feature into the app which allowed users to compare the prices for multiple ride service from Google Maps, without having to open different ride apps individually.
“Google Maps no longer just shows you the information you’re looking for. It also makes it easier to get things done in the real world — all in one place,” she adds.
Slowly and steadily, Google Maps has been integrating multiple new features in its app which let’s user see not only the route information but also book reservations at the destination restaurant, as well as see other relevant information such as takeaways and other utilities in the local area.
This new feature is sure to make respective cab apps redundant.
Users don’t even need to have the Uber app downloaded on their devices. If you’re registered with the service, just open your Maps app, search for a ride, book it and check for details about your destination while en route.