Google achieved another milestone as it is now set to predict how crowded a bus or train will likely be. Recently, it announced that it has been collecting statistics on transit crowdedness for months and it is now prepared to put its predictions to test.
For the past months, Google asked people using Google Maps to update the level of crowdedness in transit. As part of the survey, riders were offered four choices: few empty seats, countless empty seats, overcrowded standing room, and standing room only.
With the data gathered and the pattern of public transport, Google can now predict how much crowd a commuter is likely to face while traveling in transit service. This new feature is currently available and spread to 200 cities around the globe.
For example, a Tokyo train rider roving from Shibuya to Shinjuku will now have access to information like the Yamanote Line transit has “standing room only” at 9:40 AM. This will provide the rider with insight on which time the train is likely to be less crowded or more. The rider can thus, change route timings, or prepare himself better to get accustomed to a crowded train.
Additionally, along with transit crowdedness prediction, Google Maps is also set to launch live traffic delays for buses available from the local transit agencies. This means that commuters can now find out if their transport is delayed along with prediction time of when the bus is likely to reach.
These new structures feature as the best range of product updates developed by Google Maps in the past months. These include real-time speeds, Incognito mode, traffic jam crowdsourcing, and parking locations.
This proves that Google is obviously interested in holding its primary position among navigation apps, especially now that Lyft and Uber are in the game for offering top-notch map readingservices.