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Google Maps adds support for more ride hailing apps

Driving, walking, biking, or taking public transit are no longer going to be your only navigation options when you use Google Maps in iOS or Android. Expanding upon a partnership with Uber that was already in place, Google is adding support for more ride hailing services to Maps.

These will all live in a new tab in the app. When you enter a destination and choose how best to get there, fetching a ride from the likes of Uber (where it’s present), 99Taxis (in Brazil), Ola Cabs (in India), Hailo (in the UK and Spain), mytaxi (in Germany and Spain), or Gett (in the UK) will be an option as long as you have the corresponding app installed on your device.

If you enter the new ride hailing tab in Google Maps you’ll see fare estimates for each service that’s available to you as well as the ETA for your pickup. If you then tap on any of the services, you’ll be taken to their app and to book the ride with one tap.

For Uber, all the tiers that are available will show up, so you can compare fares for UberX, UberXL and UberBLACK without leaving Google Maps.

The new functionality is rolling out to the Android version of Google Maps in the next few days, and it’s going to arrive on iOS “very soon” according to the search giant.

Source | Via