Google Maps Makes Public Transit Easier
What happens when you have a company determined to get into every facet of modern life coupled with a genuine desire to be of service to as many people as possible? It’s a question which only became relevant the moment Google was born.
The concept of offering something free which billions can use and then finding ways to monetize in a small proportion which will deliver a sizeable income is Google’s secret business recipe and it applies it everywhere.
The latest transformation of this is taking Google’s massive capacity to handle data in near real-time and applies it to public transport. Imagine this scenario for a moment. You are about to leave work and take the tube, bus, tram home. Click on Google Maps on your desktop or laptop and then click on the station you normally use. Immediately it lets you know that your train is running late and you now have time to grab a latte before heading home.
To make things even better, once you are at your public transport station you can still use Google maps on your smartphone to get the info you want. Google is trialling the service in Boston, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, and San Diego and two European cities.
Even if you aren’t taking public transportation to get around, Google offers an application to help navigate around congestion: Google Maps Navigation is an Internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance that allows users to search by voice, along routes for businesses and popular service facilities such as gas stations and parking, and automatically switches to street view as the destination nears.
The rollout is vintage Google. In order to take advantage of the free features and functionality on your smartphone you need to have the latest version of Google Maps on an Android phone. Google, very recently, launched designs on helping consumers run their homes and their TV sets, with a very similar approach.Continued on the next page