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Google Maps update brings ride-sharing and biking to transit directions

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Google Maps has been offering public transport directions for quite some time, and also has Uber feature at some cities where the ride-sharing service is available. Now, the company is adding them together, along with biking services.

Google pairs ride-sharing and transit directions in Maps

The feature works pretty much as you expect – enter your destination, select the Transit tab and you’ll automatically see the cycling and ridesharing options if the walk from the bus stop/station is a bit too much.

You’ll also have the regular info like how much time would it take, how much will it cost and you can also set preferences for your favorite rideshare provider.

There’s an even bigger incentive if you plan to ride a bike – the routes will be tailored to cyclists, adapting to actual roads with dedicated lanes.

The paired transit directions will start rolling out in the coming weeks both to Android and iOS devices in 30 countries around the globe.

Here’s how Google Maps works:

Enter your destination in the search box, tap on “Directions” and then on the transit tab. From there, you’ll automatically see routes that feature ridesharing and cycling options paired with transit directions.

If you’re taking a ridesharing vehicle, you’ll see helpful information about each leg of your trip: how much your ride will cost, how long the wait is, if there’s traffic on your ride, and when your bus or train departs.

You can also choose your favorite rideshare provider and other available ride options like pool or economy.

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If you’re biking, then you’ll see routes tailored for cyclists along with everything you need to know about the transit portion of your journey. All of this information is automatically factored into your total travel time and ETA so you can know exactly when you’ll get to your destination.

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Transit directions paired with biking and ridesharing will start rolling out in the coming weeks on Android and iOS in 30 countries around the globe, with more coming soon

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