Google has made it easier for travellers to get a ride instantly and with less number of taps on their phones, eliminating the need for looking for the app and choosing the pick-up and drop-off locations. Google Search, using the app or the mobile browser, now allows users to book an Uber or Ola ride, in addition to getting transit directions from point A to B.
Google Maps was updated recently to include a dedicated tab, featuring information on cab services. With the latest integration, users can get direct access to ride services for Uber and Ola and also get fare estimates and pick-up time for a cab at a nearby location, a feature which was reserved for specific ride apps.
"Choosing the best transit option can be a task at times, our aim is to help users simplify their everyday travel. With this, users will be able to order, explore and make quick comparisons about the best estimated taxi fare directly from Google Search results on their mobile," Sanket Gupta, program manager at Google, said in a statement.
Google Search app and mobile browser will initiate the request, but to complete the order users must have the requested ride app installed. For instance, if you request an 'Uber to Bangalore airport,' Google Search will give you all the details about the ride and redirects you to the Uber app to book the ride.
In case the ride-sharing app is not installed on the phone, Google Search will direct users to a link to download the app.
Google Search's latest update makes it easier to compare rides and go with the cheapest or the quickest one, which saves time for users who would otherwise have to do manual research on Uber and Ola separately.