As Apple scrambles (even with any cards up its sleeve) to make its Maps service minimally usable, Google navigates its stern making its platform even more powerful and useful. The most recent example? Now the Google Maps alert you about possible crowded trips in public transport or delays on your bus route.
The new features, which are already starting to be released in over 200 cities around the world, are incorporated into Google Maps' own time estimate when you simulate a public transport trip.
With regard to buses, Google is taking traffic and congestion data into account to give a more accurate estimate of when you arrive at your destination even though the city in question does not provide official bus time estimation data.
Quotation estimation is a feature that works with subway, train and bus lines. When simulating a trip with any of these modes (in the cities covered by the feature, of course), Google warns if at that time the vehicle is too full or soft. Estimates are based on Google's own surveys since October last year, when Maps began sending users notifications asking about the rent of their cars or buses during peak hours.
In fact, the research yielded some interesting results. The Mountain View giant surveyed the ten public transport lines (covering subways and city trains) and, to the surprise of not many people, saw three lines of public transport. So Paulo ranked in the ranking: Line 11-Coral, in second place, Line 8-Diamond, in fourth, and Line 9-Emerald, in seventh.
S Buenos Aires had similar presence on the list, including the busiest line of all (the Urquiza). Google also surveyed the busiest bus stops and stops in various cities, including So Paulo itself, where Route 106A-10 was highlighted as one of the busiest, along with the aforementioned train lines.
News from Google Maps for iOS and Android is already being released in the cities surveyed, and certainly should expand rapidly to other locations. T noting it, Apple?
via The Verge