Uber’s services were integrated into Google Maps last year. Google is now extending this integration to more cab services, including Ola in India. As a part of this integration, when a user searches for a destination on Google Maps, a dedicated tab will show you the available cabs. Apart from Ola, Google has also partnered 99Taxis in Brazil, Hailo in the UK and Spain, mytaxi in Germany and Spain, and Gett in the UK. Also Read - Jio-Google partnership: From JioPhone Next to new 5G collaboration and moreAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealed
The cab tab will show you the available cabs, estimated time to the destination, estimated pick up time, and even an estimated fare. The list will even show the different fare options for UberX, UberXL and UberBLACK. It is a great way to compare cab fares without having to switch apps. “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,” Google software engineer Holger Flier writes. Also Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
There’s however a small catch. The tab in Google Maps is only meant for information, and you actually need to have the apps installed on your smartphone to book a cab. To book a cab, select an Uber or Ola from the list on Google Maps, and it will open the respective app. The process after that is the same as booking a cab from an Uber or Ola app.
This new feature will soon be rolled out on the Google Maps Android app, and will arrive on the iOS app very soon. It makes sense for Google to integrate Uber services into its app, since the cab aggregator is a Google Ventures portfolio company. But the integration with Ola shows the Bangalore-based company’s growing importance in India.
Towards the end of last year, Ola reached a milestone of one million trips per day, and has its eyes set on three million trips a day by next month. The company operates in 102 cities across India, including tier II and tier III cities, and has over 325,000 cabs registered on the platform. Recently along with Uber, Ola also introduced bike taxi services in Bangalore.