Ever thought that there is some way to find out if a bus or train is crowded in order to avoid getting into it?
Well, guess what?
Google is planning on doing just that!
Google has been collecting data on transit crowded-ness for months, and now it’s ready to roll out its predictions. This announcement was made 27th of June, 2019.
Basically, this new transit crowded-ness predictions will be available in its Maps app. And Google is basing these details on past rides.
The survey on Google Maps –
For months, Google has been asking some people who use Google Maps to provide additional details about the level of crowded-ness of their transit trips. After completing their trips, riders were given four options: many empty seats, few empty seats, standing room only, or cramped standing room only.
Now, the company has collected enough data that it can begin offering predictions to customers who use Google Maps to plan their daily commute. The new feature is available starting from the 27th of this month in 200 cities around the globe. (About one-quarter of cities are in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal.)
How does it work?
In select cities, when you search for a route using the navigation app you will see messages; like, “Usually standing room only” if passengers have previously rated the trip to be crowded.
For example, a train rider in Tokyo who is traveling from Shibuya to Shinjuku; may see that the Yamanote Line usually has “standing room only” at 9:40AM. That may or may not be enough information to change your commuting decisions; but it certainly helps take some of the sting out of seeing an extremely crowded train roll into the station. If anything, people can now make an informed decision; about whether to squeeze on or wait a few more minutes when you’re more likely to snag a seat.
More Insight –
Live traffic delays for a Bus –
“You’ll now be able to see if your bus will be late, how long the delay will be; and more accurate travel times based on live traffic conditions along your route,” the company said in a blog post. “You’ll also see exactly where the delays are on the map; so you know what to expect before you even hop on your bus.”
Basically, you’ll now be able to see if your bus will be late; how long the delay will be; and more accurate travel times based on live traffic conditions along your route. You’ll also see exactly where the delays are on the map; so you know what to expect before you hop on your bus.