Earlier this month, Google started rolling out an update for its Maps app with redesigned ride services section. Until now, Google Maps would offer users with a ride estimate for cab hailing services such as Ola and Uber. However, for completing the booking process, users were redirected to the respective apps. With the latest update, users can hire an Uber without having to leave the app, thus making things easier. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting cardAlso Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
As of now, Google has only integrated Uber services in its Maps app. One of the best advantages of this integration is that you don t need to have Uber app installed on your smartphone. However, you will have to sign-in to your Uber account to use the service. The ride services section also shows Ola cabs, but you ll need to have the app installed on your smartphone. To confirm the booking, you ll be redirected to the Ola app. Let s quickly look at how it works. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
How to book an Uber ride from Google Maps
Step 1: The process is very simple. Open Google Maps and on the search bar on top, enter the destination where you want to go. On the bottom right, you have a car icon for navigation, tap on it.
Step 2: On the top, you will see your current location, the destination and four tabs below it car navigation, public transport, walking, and finally the ride services tab. ALSO READ: Google Maps will soon show parking availability at your destination
Step 3: Tap on ride services tab and you ll see the cabs that are nearby. The bottom half, has two tabs Uber and Ola. ALSO READ: This is how Google Maps is able to accurately predict traffic conditions
Step 4: Under Uber tab, you ll see options like uberPOOL, uberGO, uberX and uberXL along with fare estimate. Below this, you also get an estimate of how quickly the cab can reach your location, and an option to request on the bottom right. In case of Ola, you ll see the options and fare estimate, but instead of request you ll see an option to open the app to book one. RELATED: Google Maps for Android app can navigate to multiple destinations, here s how it works
Step 5: After tapping on request, Google Maps will ask you to sign-in (if not already). On the next screen you ll once again get the estimate, and option to choose mode of payment (Paytm, cash or credit / debit card). Once details are confirmed, tap on the book button. ALSO READ: Google Maps for Android gets data saving Wi-Fi only mode, ability to save offline maps on external SD card
Once the booking is complete, you ll see your ride details such as the driver name, vehicle type and registration number. Below this, you also have a calling button if you want to call the driver, and a cancel button, in case you want to cancel the booking. To add icing on the cake, Google is also offering Rs 50 discount on the final fare when you book an Uber from the Maps app.
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