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Google Maps update brings huge improvements – but probably not for you

June 3rd, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Google Maps Real-Time Transit Information

Yes, Google Maps is getting even better at assisting users with public transportation info. Unfortunately, most smartphone users who rely on Google’s industry-leading app for directions won’t have access to Google’s newest Maps feature.

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The company on Tuesday announced that Google Maps will offer users real-time transit information, which should take much of the sting out of traveling by public transportation.

The app will show users how long they’ll have to wait, and what other options are available if they miss a bus or a train. The feature also displays arrival times for busses, trains and subway systems, and it delivers alerts for cancelled routes.

Real-time transit information is coming two new countries and four new metro areas. The feature will be available in the U.K., Netherlands and Budapest (Hungary), as well as in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle for the time being.

Meanwhile, Google says that Google Maps offers transportation information in more than 18,000 cities in 64 countries, having listed 2,500,000 train stations, bus stops, ferry terminals and more. The company has partnered up with about 6,000 different transportation authorities to offer users detailed public transportation information.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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