Google Maps adding more commute features and music controls

Ruben Fields
October 2, 2018

Google will get you traffic information, departure times for public transportation and walk estimates so you know exactly how long the whole journey should take, no matter how you plan to get there. In fact, Google claims that a rush hour commute can be up to 60 percent longer than what you think it will be when you roll out of the parking lot.

A new tab with live information about delays that might impact your trip. According to Google, daily commutes - whether by auto or public transit options - consume the equivalent of two weeks each year on average. Google hasn't said, but hopefully, these new features are included as part of Google Maps' CarPlay integration too.

To use Google Maps with Music and new commute controls, you have to download the latest version of the app. Google Maps now also supports Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music podcast and music playback to help keep you entertained while you travel. And when applicable, Google Maps will even provide you with alternate routes to best avoid any potential disruptions. With the addition of one-tap access to live traffic information and support for mixed modes of transit, it should be easier to know when you should leave to be on time. We'll tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one or if you'll need to budget extra time due to things like an accident or heavy traffic.

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Google also adds new commute controls in the app. That means, for example, commuters who travel by vehicle, train, and on foot will see commute information relevant to each leg of their journey. With Spotify on Android you can also choose your favorite content by browsing through songs, albums, podcasts, and playlists with the new, easy to use navigation.

On top of that, commuters in 80 cities around the world will be able to look at a map and track the exact location of their bus or train in real-time.

Sydney, we've partnered with Transport New South Wales to show how full you next bus or train is - so you'll know whether or not you'll get a seat.

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