Starting today, Google announced that its Maps app will be able to provide transit predictions for how crowded your bus, train or subway will be in almost 200 cities. These predictions will be based on past ride information provided by application users and should help you plan your daily commute better. Also launching alongside these new transit crowdedness predictions are live traffic delays for buses, which will let you know if your buss is late as well as provide more accurate travel times. Google has released a series of updates to Google Maps recently as it tries to maintain its position as market leader among navigation apps, combating ride-hailing companies attempting to become one stop shops for all transportation modes.
Google collected data for this new prediction service by asking application users about their trip, asking them to rate their trip with one of the following four options - many empty seats, few empty seats, standing room only, or cramped standing room only.
Google Maps has also released the following updates in the past months:
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