Google recently rolled out a new feature in its Maps where commuters in Delhi would be able to see auto rickshaws under the “public transport” mode in Maps.
Here, Google added that by selecting the mode, commuters would be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares, thus making it easier for them to plan their trips.
The new feature can be found within the “public transport” and “cab” modes in Google Maps and is based on the expected trip route and the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police.
Regarding this, Vishal Dutta, Product Manager, Google Maps, explained that, “Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route. The feature will also help the users plan their journey better, so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead”.
Google, however, right now did not inform whether the feature, currently available in Google Maps app for Android devices, would be rolled out to other cities in the near future.
For the usage of this feature, users need to update Google Maps to the latest version. Then, open the app, search for a destination, then tap on directions and go to the public transport tab. Commuters would be able to see the auto rickshaw result in the “Also Consider” section.
After choosing the mode of transport (auto-rickshaw icon) on the screen,users would be able to see the estimated price of the journey and the route’s traffic information.
The company concluded that, with this, users just need to tap on the ‘Navigate’ to start the trip. The same option might as well be accessed via the “cab” mode on Google Maps.