Google Maps Now Predicts How Crowded Your Train or Bus Will Be

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Google announced a new feature that will predict the level of crowdedness on trains and buses in its Maps app. So, before you head out the door, you can get an idea of whether or not you'll be able to find a seat for your commute.


The predictions come from past rides—Google has been asking some Google Maps users to provide information on the crowded level of their trips. They chose from four options: many empty seats, few empty seats, standing room only, or cramped standing room only. Now Google has enough data to share predictions with you.

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Google has also introduced live traffic delays for buses. You'll now be able to find out 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 map will also show you exactly where the delays are located so you know what to expect.


The new features are available starting today in 200 cities worldwide for both iOS and Android.