Google Maps Will Tell You When Bus and Train Delay

The map service Google is about to become more smartass. The company behind the Google Maps announced on Wednesday it will spend to inform when a bus or train is late, and will also update the scheduled time of departure of the collective. Too bad, this beginning, the new feature only works in some cities of the United States and Europe.

Sasha Gontmakher, a Google software engineer based in Switzerland, confessed that always gets frustrated when planning a route using Google Maps and has to wait for the bus to arrive, which invariably slows down (yes, it’s people like us). Although Google has not as yet put their own buses and trains in the streets, which definitely solve the problem, the company reached an agreement with transport agencies to receive data in real time delays on public transport.

The Google Transit Live will appear in the traditional Google Maps, available on http://maps.google.com, and the version of the site for smartphones, not to mention the application for Android. The delay information will be available for those using public transportation in San Francisco, Boston, Portland, San Diego, Madrid and Turin.

When selecting a bus or train station on the map, Google Maps will pull the most current data on delays. And if you are planning a path through the Google Maps service, you can take these delays into account.

Recently we discovered a Apple patent application for a calendar (probably iCal) using real – time data of time and transit to keep the user informed. Some readers of TB have proven disbelievers regarding the patent. Well, there is Google taking another step toward that reality.

 

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