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Ola, Uber cabs information on Google Maps

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"We’re rolling out this new feature on the Google maps app for Android starting today"

Google Maps users will now be able to check availability as well as book their cabs rides using the app itself. The technology giant on Wednesday in its official blogpost announced integration of cab hailing apps such as Uber and Ola into Google Maps application.

However, users would still need to install applications of these services providers on their phones.

“When you search for directions using the latest version of Google Maps on your mobile, we’ll show you a dedicated tab with information for cab services-in addition to the existing driving, public transport, or walking options,” Google said.

Google has a tie-up with Uber globally, and has added new providers across five countries, including Ola Cabs in India, Hailo in the U.K. and Spain, mytaxi in Germany and Spain, 99Taxis in Brazil, and Gett in the U.K.

If the user has cab service provider’s app installed, they will be able to see availability of car, fare estimate and pick up time using Google Maps.

While Uber users will be able to choose from uberGO and uberX services, Ola customers can choose from Ola Mini, Ola Micro and Ola Sedan options.

“Next time you’re leaving work to meet a friend for dinner, or heading to a client meeting in a new city, you’ll be able to compare all your commuting options right from within the Google Maps app…Having all your commuting options in one place makes it easier to make quick comparisons about the best route and get an estimated fare,” Google added.

Once the service is selected, the user is taken directly to the Uber or Ola application where a ride can then be booked with a single tap.

The feature is being rolled out for Android operating system starting Wednesday and will be soon made available to iOS users as well.



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