Google Maps Gets Ride Services Tab, Includes Uber

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Google announced that it's adding a ride services tab to Google Maps on mobile. This swill exist alongside car, transit, walking, and biking options that were already there.

The feature includes Uber services U.S. as well as those from 99Taxis in Brazil, Ola Cabs in India, Hailo in the UK and Spain, mytaxi in Germany and Spain, and Gett in the U.K.

"If you have a provider’s app installed and tap on the ride service tab, you’ll be able to see fare estimates and pick up times if a car is available near you," says software engineer Holger Flier. "Select a service, and we’ll take you directly to their app for you to book your ride with one tap. When it makes sense, we’ll also show ride service availability when viewing the map in walking and transit directions, and multiple ride services options for each provider—where they exist. For example, if you’re using Uber, starting today, we’ll now show uberX, uberXL and UberBLACK for an easy and quick comparison."

The new tab will roll out on Android over the coming days, and then to iOS in the near future.

Images via Uber (Facebook), Google

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