Google loves data. It8217;s just gobbling it up for no good reason, it8217;s using it to let users of Google Maps know how busy somewhere will be at a particular time. That8217;s a service that8217;s been available for things like restaurants for a while 8211; and now Google is bringing it to public transport too.
That means that public transport routes in major cities will now be able to tell you how crowded your bus or train is likely to be, so you can decide whether you want to cram on or if you8217;d rather travel at a different time.
Google is also adding information about traffic delays for places where they don8217;t have that information from the service operators. That should mean you have more accurate timings for your trips and all delivered through Google Maps.
This new range of information is rolling-out in the UK from today, enhancing the transports systems in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Crawley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Sheffield and Southampton.
To find it, all you8217;ll have to do is plan your route as normal in Google Maps. Using the 8220;transport8221; tab you can see all the transport options available to you and you should then see the new information contained within those details.