Google Maps expands super-useful feature for mass transit

Google Maps has announced a significant expansion of a useful feature that lets you see how crowded your train or bus is likely to arrive.

After launching the feature in 200 cities in June 2019, the web giant is rolling it out to 10,000 transit agencies in 100 countries this week. If available, the data will appear when you view transit directions.

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It’s no fun sitting in a packed train or bus, even more so since the start of the pandemic when social distancing became a thing. If you can find out in advance if your subway or bus line is particularly busy and you’re not in a hurry, you can stop and maybe do some outstanding errands or just go somewhere to rest.

“These predictions are made possible through our artificial intelligence technology, contributions from people using Google Maps, and historical location trends that predict future congestion levels for transit lines around the world,” said Google Maps’ Eric tholome said In a post announcing the extension, it said that for Privacy, the feature uses anonymity technology and various privacy techniques to ensure that your data remains secure and private.

As part of efforts to make transit data even more useful for commuters, Tholome said his team is currently piloting the ability to view real-time congestion information “up to the transit car level.” Tests for this particular feature are taking place on the Long Island Rail Road in New York and on transit services in Sydney, Australia, with special software used to interpret data collected from weight sensors built into the cars’ suspension systems.

Other new features announced by Tholome include a new Timeline Insights tab, initially only for Android (with Location History enabled), which shows you monthly trends about how you’re spending your time and more. Accessed via a new tab in your Timeline (tap your profile photo, then on your Timeline), the revealed data shows you the distance you’ve used, along with the distance and time you’ve walked. Will show things like the type of transportation you use. , flew, biked, or walked. “You can also see how much time you’re spending in different places—like shops, airports, and restaurants—and quickly drill down to see all the places you’ve visited,” Tholome said.

Finally, a new Trips feature in the Timeline tab lets you surface data related to past vacations, “like which hotels you stayed at during that epic trip to Tokyo or the restaurants where you took your weekend getaway.” Went on.”

We must point out that if you’re getting intimidated by the extent to which Google can track your daily activities, here’s how to disable its Location History feature and also location on Android and iPhone. How to disable services.

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