Two new updates to Google’s Maps app are designed to take the stress out of travelling by public transport.
Crowdedness predictions, which show how busy trains, buses and Tube journeys are likely to be based on past rides, are coming to 200 locations worldwide, including 18 cities and towns across the UK.
“There’s nothing more uncomfortable than being packed like a can of sardines on a hot, sweaty train,” Google said. “Now you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to squeeze on, or wait a few more minutes for a vehicle where you’re more likely to snag a seat.”
Google is also rolling out live traffic delays for buses in locations where it does not already have access to real-time information direct from local transit agencies. Based on data provided by app users, this shows users whether their bus is running late or on time, and provides more accurate travel times based on traffic conditions along the route.
The company said: “When you have an important meeting, a date with a friend, or a doctor’s appointment, often the first thing you’ll do is check the transit schedule to make sure you can make it on time. Unfortunately, transit schedules don’t always reflect real-time traffic conditions that impact your ride, which can cause a lot of unnecessary stress when you end up arriving later than you thought you would.”
With live traffic delays on Google Maps, commuters will be able to see exactly where any delays are on the map so they know what to expect before hopping on the bus.