You Can Now Book a Ride Using Google Assistant
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Ridesharing services are a growing market. The days of hailing a cab seem to be coming to an end, with people preferring to book a ride through their smartphone instead. And seeing the way the wind is blowing, Google is making it easier to book a ride.

In January 2017, Google added the ability to book a ridesharing service on Google Maps You Can Now Hail an Uber Through Google Maps You Can Now Hail an Uber Through Google Maps Whether you love them or loathe them, ridesharing services are here to stay. So much so that you don't even need the Uber app to hail an Uber any more. Read More . By using the dedicated tab, you can see a range of options, possible pickup points, and estimated prices. And now Google Assistant has learned a similar skillset.

Let Google Assistant Book Your Ride

Imagine you and your friends are preparing for a night out together. You’ve had a couple of pre-game drinks, and now you just need to get to where you’re going. But wait, who’s going to order the ride into town? Now, Google Assistant can do it for you.

As explained on The Keyword, all you need to do is say, “Hey Google, book me a rider to [your destination]” or “Hey Google, get me a taxi to [your destination]”. Assistant will then provide a list of options, including Uber, Lyft, Ola, Grab, and GO-JEK.

Alongside the list of popular ridesharing services you’ll see essential information such as wait times and estimated pricing. You can also single out a specific ridesharing service by saying, “Hey Google, get me a [name of service] to [your destination]”.

Either way, once you have decided, just grab your phone and tap on your chosen ride. The relevant app will open, and you can confirm your booking. This feature is rolling out now to any country where Google’s supported ridesharing partners operate.

Making a Simple Task Even Easier

This is another example of Google using Assistant to make a simple task even easier. Sure, you still have to open the ridesharing app to confirm your booking, but getting to that point is now as simple as asking Assistant for, well, assistance.

However you book a ride and whatever service you use we’re here to help. So why not look at our comparison between Uber and Lyft Uber vs. Lyft: Which One Is Better? Uber vs. Lyft: Which One Is Better? Uber isn't the only ridesharing app in town! We compared the services across five categories to see which one is better. Who do you think won? Uber or Lyft? Read on to find out. Read More , take a look at Uber’s different ride types A Brief Guide to Uber's Different Ride Types and Options A Brief Guide to Uber's Different Ride Types and Options If you're new to Uber, the many ride options can be pretty confusing. Here's an overview of what they are and which ones are right for you. Read More , or discover how to find out your Uber and Lyft passenger ratings How to Find Out Your Uber and Lyft Passenger Ratings How to Find Out Your Uber and Lyft Passenger Ratings You probably think you're an amazing passenger, but so does everyone else. What do Uber and Lyft drivers actually think of you? Here's how you can find out. Read More .

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