Google has announced a major update coming soon to Google Maps providing a set of new features targeted at helping daily commuters. A new “Commute” tab in Google Maps will provide one-tap access to both live traffic and transit information tailored to the user’s commute, with indicators showing whether everything is normal or if there are accidents or heavy traffic that will cause delays and necessitate budgeting extra time.
Alternative routes will also be shown when there’s a delay, and users whose commutes involve both driving and public transit can now see helpful information about when to leave and for each leg of their trip, such as if there’s traffic on the drive to a transit station, when a train departs, and how long it will take to walk to the office. Real-time transit information has also been added in 80 regions around the world so users can see where their bus or train is on the map to help plan their trip more efficiently, and Google is even piloting a feature in Sydney, Australia that will allow users to see how full their next bus or train is.
In addition, Google Maps will now integrate with Spotify, Apple Music, and of course Google Play Music so that users can control their music and podcasts directly from the navigation screen. The new Commute feature is expected to roll out globally this week on both iOS and Android via an app update.