Earlier this week, Google announced a significant redesign for Google Maps, the introduction of a new Commute tab that would combine the functionalities of the previous Drive and Transit tabs. The change is meant to improve the overall commute experience, shorten commute times, and add a new music streaming feature. The update is now rolling out to both Android and iPhone users.
Per Android Police, the Commute tab has begun showing up via a server-side update, which means you should see the new features on Android soon. 9to5Google reports that iPhone users have also started noticing the new functionality.
The Commute tab will deliver several smart features, including notifications about delays and disruptions, alternative route suggestions, travel times regardless of commute type or transport combinations, traffic information, departure times, and even real-time bus and train location on the map. In some markets, the data will also include details about bus or train occupancy.
The Android version will get real-time notifications about delays and disruptions, Google explained earlier this week, so you know about an incident before getting caught in it.
In addition to the Commute tab, Google Maps now supports music streaming from a variety of sources, including Google Play Music, Spotify, and Apple Music. That means you get music playback controls for your favorite music streaming service right inside of Maps.
The best chance of getting access to the new features is rocking the latest version of Google Maps on Android and iPhone, although it’s up to Google to make the update available in your market. If it still doesn’t show up on your phone, you have to wait for the rollout to reach your area.
Google Maps will soon feature an all-new Commute tab that provides one-tap access to live traffic and transit information.
The new tab will tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one, or if you’ll need to budget extra time due to things …
With the latest Google Maps update, Google wants to improve your commute, especially if you’re using a combination of personal and public transportation to get to work and back home. Using the Commute tab, Google Maps users now receive real-time information about the various perils along the way that might delay their commute, which should help to prevent them from missing meetings and wasting time on commutes.
The company explained that people in North America spend up to a full day per month commuting, which adds up to a two-week vacation each year. The new Commute tab gets you “one-tap access to live traffic and transit information tailored to your commute.” The app will automatically highlight delays caused by accidents, heavy traffic, or other disruptions, and offer alternative routes to help you get to work faster. The new Commute features are coming to both Android and iPhone, but if you’re on Android, then you’re also getting notifications about delays and disruptions on your route as they happen.
Furthermore, the feature will also support commutes that involve driving, public transit, and walking. Google will get you traffic information, departure times for public transportation, and walk estimates so you know exactly how long the whole journey should take, no matter how you plan to get there.
Users in 80 regions worldwide will see exactly where their bus or train is in the map in real-time. In Sydney, the app will even tell you how full the next bus is. A similar feature will be available in other markets in the future.
Finally, Google Maps will now support Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify music playback right inside the app.
The new Commute feature, which was spotted in testing a few weeks ago, should roll out to Android and iPhone globally this week.
People in North America spend a full day per month commuting, prompting Google to bring some new commute features to the Maps app like live traffic/transit info.