Google Maps Makes it Easier to Book an Uber, Lyft

Jan 13, 2017, 00:21
Google Maps Makes it Easier to Book an Uber, Lyft

The new version is rolling out through Google Play starting today.

Don't have enough space on your phone for the Uber app?

There's no longer a need to switch between Google Maps and Uber when planning a trip.

"Once you sign into your existing Uber account (or create one), you can book an Uber ride, track your driver on the map, and connect with your driver-all from within the Google Maps app", Google Senior Product Manager Sara McKinley Torti announced in a blog post Thursday.

When a user opens the Google Maps ride services mode, they'll now see pricing and options from the ride-hailing providers.

Is Google Maps and Lyft too much of a privacy storm for you to handle?

Instead of just a simple list of available services when checking the ride tab, there is now a map of available drivers around you with tabs below for different services.

The Google Maps update actually shows you where your vehicle is, compared to the older version that merely offered a link to launch the app in another window.

You can now book, complete, and pay for an Uber right from the Google Maps app, even when you don't have the Uber app installed on your device.

Meanwhile, Google Maps has gained deep Uber integration. Clicking on a service will pull up ride options as well as any special offers or promotions. Previously, you could use Maps to check for price estimates and start the process of getting a lift, but eventually you had to finish things up in the Uber app.

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