Google has began making it very easy and simpler to hail an Uber with Google Maps. Expanded upon its existing Uber integration by taking things almost to the point where users may not even need to have the Uber app installed at all. As part of an update to the Maps app today, Google is adding fully native integration with Uber. Announced the latest version of Google Maps on Android and iOS letting users request a ride from Uber.
Without any doubt, the main thing of the update is the app’s ability to display Uber cars and their locations in real time, meaning you will always know just how far away your car is. Previously, you could only use Maps to check for price estimates and start the process of getting a lift, but today, you eventually had to finish things up in the Uber app. With this update, Google Maps integration with Uber amounted to being able to see a price estimate and then tap a link that threw you out to the Uber app proper.
Now that, the entire Uber request process takes place directly in Google Maps. You can just sign in with your Uber account, which pulls up your stored payment info and other details, not just their standard cars. That means that anyone wanting to catch a ride in an UberXL, UberBlack or what have you can do exactly that, right from within the Google Maps app.
Users will also be treated to any special offers by Uber or promotions that are available at the time you Book. Google isn’t stopping there anyway. Tighter integration is also being tested, which would rather see users able to track their driver as well as communicate with them. The Google Maps app will also offer the option to create a completely new Uber account, should the user not already be in on the Uber game.
From booking a ride to reserving a table at a local restaurant, booking your favorite fitness class to ordering delivery for a night in, Google Maps no longer just shows you the information you’re looking for. It also makes it easier to get things done in the real world — all in one place.
As Google calls it, the ride services section of Maps. It has been given a makeover with this new release. Instead of a list of services (Uber, Lyft, etc.) with pricing beside each one, now you’ll see the traditional on-screen map with a visual representation of where nearby drivers are.
Right now, Google Maps continues to lord it over Apple Maps on iOS, and this update follows that trend. Uber does integrate with Apple Maps, though, unfortunately not so tightly as Google Maps does, and other ride-sharing apps can also do the same thanks to iOS extensions. It may not quite be the same, but nevertheless, there’s still room for both apps to improve. We expect that to be exactly what happens, too.
Well, now you’ve got a pretty convenient alternative. Google says the new update is “starting to roll out” globally as of today on both platforms.
You can watch the new Uber integration in action in the video below.
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