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Whether you love them or loathe them, ridesharing services are here to stay What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More . So much so that you don’t even need the Uber app to hail an Uber any more. Instead, you can simply hail a ride from within Google Maps.

In March 2016, Google Maps added a dedicated tab for ride services. This meant that whenever you searched for directions in Google Maps, you’d see ridesharing options alongside the walking, biking, and public transport options.

Now, Google Maps has updated this element in order to make it even more useful to users looking for a ride. Where the app used to display a long list of possible pickups, it will now display a host of different options, alongside actionable information.

A range of ridesharing services are featured, including Uber, Lyft, Hailo, and Gett. Once you click the ridesharing tab you’ll see which services have cars in the area, and the price you can expect to pay to get from your current location to the location you searched for.

Uber Enjoys Special Treatment

Uber has forged a special partnership with Google, which means that you can now “book, complete and pay for an Uber ride without ever leaving Google Maps”. You don’t even need to have the Uber app installed on your phone, as you just sign into your existing Uber account instead.

It probably still makes more sense to actually use the Uber app for this, but having the option to do it all within Google Maps isn’t a bad thing. Especially as Uber now tracks you even after you have completed your journey Uber Can Now Track Your Location At All Times Uber Can Now Track Your Location At All Times Uber now has the capacity to track riders even after they have completed their journey. Which should worry anyone who cares about their privacy and security. Read More . Sadly, Google Maps doesn’t let you tip your Uber driver Uber Launches Compliments to Stop You Tipping Uber Launches Compliments to Stop You Tipping Uber drivers do a tough job. So the least we, as passengers, can do is thank them for their efforts. By tipping them? No. By complimenting them. Read More .

This new Google Maps update is starting to roll out today on Android and on iOS.

Do you use ridesharing services on a regular basis? If so, which do you favor? Why do you prefer ridesharing services over traditional taxis? Will you be making use of this new Google Maps feature? If so, how? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Gary
    January 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Seems to be more bloat inside google maps. Already there is way too much in it, share pictures, take surveys on places, etc. Too many google apps seem to be incorporating features from all other google apps. Anyway never used ridesharing and probably never will, so this feature is useless for me.