Service providers these days have been teaming up with other businesses to promote their companies and boost their popularity. The tech giant is reported to have released an update to its Google Maps iOS app which features its latest association to several ride hailing service providers.
The latest update released this Wednesday, March 24, shows that Google Maps iOS now includes a ride-sharing tab first introduced to Android devices last week, reports The Verge. The said tab is seen on the app under a taxi icon, between walking and biking options. It shows available ride-sharing options plus price quotes.
Once a user tries to click one of the available tiers like UberX or UberSELECT, it will bring him to the main Uber app. The same tab is added to countries outside the U.S., only with a different service provider, as the American company managed to partner with different ride hailing services.
For Brazil, Google has teamed up with 99Taxis to fill the spot in its Map app – Hailo for UK and Spain, mytaxi for Germany and Spain, Gett in UK, and Ola Cabs for India. Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, is not in the list for now.
Apple Insider adds that if the user has the matching apps installed, the tab selected shows a range of service options. Each option includes information such as pick-up time and fare. If that service provider has several ride tiers to choose from, it will be shown by the tab as well. For e.g. Uber has options ranging from UberX, UberXL, UberBLACK and UberSELECT.
Aside from showing ride services in the tab, it will also be displayed at times when the user is opting to walk or use public transit directions. Aside from that, Google Maps is also integrated into iOS 9’s Spotlight search.
This means people can search for recent or saved destinations. Users will also be glad to know that they can finally choose among standard route options like avoiding tolls when driving. As in the past, these options need to be set each trip.
For those who don’t have the Google Maps iOS App on their devices, it can be downloaded for free at the App Store. The app can run on iOS 7 device or later models.
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