Google Maps now has a new feature: booking a cab. You can now book cabs right from your Google Maps app, without ever leaving the app. The feature is now available on the latest update of Google Maps for iOS and Android.
Previously, Google Maps displayed a list of cabs that you can hail. Now, however, you’ll get an experience similar to the ones in popular cab hailing services. In the map, you’ll see all cars available nearby so you can book any of the popular rides including, Uber, Lyft, Gett, and Hailo.
Google Maps and Uber.
With Uber, though, Google Maps even lets you pay for your ride from within the app. You just need an Uber account, and even if you don’t have the app on your phone, you can still get a cab.
Uber’s API policy makes it easier for developers to partner with Uber and get rewards for new signups. Though in this case, the investment that Google Ventures put into Uber in 2013 could be the reason for Uber’s dominance in Google Maps.
Apple Maps, too.
It’s worth noting that Apple Maps, too, offers the ability to book Uber and Lift rides since September 2016.