Google has announced a new update for its Google Maps that allows you to book your Ola cabs. The update extends the initial Uber integration and brings a dedicated tab to enable ride service requests directly from the mapping app.
While Google Maps app already has an option to let you book your Uber cab, the new update brings more cab services to deliver you an advanced experience. The list of new partners includes 99Taxis in Brazil, Hailo in the UK and Spain, mytaxi in Germany and Spain and Gett in the UK in addition to Ola Cabs in India.
“When you search for directions using Google Maps on your mobile device, we’ll show you a dedicated tab with information for ride services—in addition to the existing car, transit, walking, or biking options you’re familiar with,” writes Google Maps’ Holger Flier, in a blog post. “So when you’re leaving work to meet a friend for dinner, you can easily compare your options to find the fastest way there, without having to open multiple apps.”
In addition to booking cabs, the new change provides you a way to check fare on multiple ride services directly from Google Maps. This enables an “easy and quick comparison”. However, you must need to install the app of the cab provider to check its fare.
To check fares or book cabs, you firstly need to fill in your destination when viewing the map in walking and transit directions and then tap the dedicated cab tab. After that, you’ll be provided with a list of available cabs for your journey.
The new update comes as an extension of the existing Uber integration that was arrived in India in February last year. Google has already made individual investments in Uber to enable its direct access. But for Ola and other services, it may have some future plans.
The updated Google Maps for Android with the new addition will be rolled out over the next few days. However, its iOS counterpart will receive a similar treatment “very soon”.