The Google Maps application just got a major improvement as the tech company just added real-time updates for Metro service alerts. This new feature goes beyond helping users get from point A to point B, it also allows users to find out if there is track work on the red line or if there is any delays on the blue line. What’s more is that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will display active alerts that affect a particular station at a given moment.
In addition, this isn’t the only update Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is making in an effort to enhance transit searches. According to one company development manager, Soufi Esmaeilzadeh claimed that the company now offers information on over a million different stops around the world. They were also more than thrilled to team up with Metrorail to find service alert information. She added, “When people are on the go, they can check for directions and [an alert] pops up.”
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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) previously provided information for walking directions, estimated travel time, fares, and planned departures.
Dan Stessel, communications director and chief representative for Metro, added that the Google Alerts were just extensions of the system, “It is a logical extension to use those messages. It’s a partnership that totally makes sense and is in our interest to get this out in as many ways as possible.”
Google will also show real-time departures on about seven New York subway transportation lines and Salt Lake City buses. Esmaeilzadeh predicts that Google will add more real-time systems to even more cities and transportation systems throughout the world.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s enhancement to their mobile maps will only enhance their maps and provide more value for the service. Google’s innovation certainly helps them stay ahead in the game and it gives them a huge advantage over competitors.