DELHI: Commuters across India will be able to ask Google for directions and book ride services directly from Google Search for multiple taxi firms like Ola and Uber said search giant Google. They will get to see a tab for ride services, both Uber and Ola, with fare estimates and pick up times if a car is available near their location.
On request for specific information such as “Taxi to Bangalore airport” or more specifically “Uber to Bangalore airport” or “Ola to Bangalore airport”, the app / browser directs the user to select a service and automatically opens the app to book the ride, all in just one tap. In cases where the app is not installed on the device, Google Search will show a link to install the app.
This feature was made available on the latest version of Google Maps earlier this year – featuring a dedicated tab with information for cab services in addition to the existing driving, public transport, or walking options.
“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,” said Sanket Gupta, Program Manager, Google.
Musafir Namah Bureau