Google Maps has announced three India-first public transport navigation features with an aim to ease the daily commute of users. Starting from 5 June 2019, Google Maps users will be able to see bus travel times from live traffic across ten Indian cities, get live train status for Indian Railways and even get mixed-mode commute suggestions which now combines auto-rickshaw and public transport.
This is first of its kind product feature, launched first in India. It will enable commuters to know how long a bus trip will take from their starting location to destination, by factoring in live traffic conditions.
With this India-specific feature, Google Maps can now help users know the real-time live running status of a train and check if it is delayed. This feature will work only in case of a long distance train journey.
This new feature will tell users if taking an auto-rickshaw is better or a different mode of transport such as the metro, local train, or a bus when taking a journey. Users can also see rickshaw meter estimate and departure times for their transit connection. Currently this feature will rolled out only in Delhi and Bangalore before being available to more cities later.