Google wants to get you seated and served at your favorite restaurant without waiting hours for the opportunity to eat. Which is often easier said than done. To aid you in this endeavor, Google is adding restaurant wait times to Google Search and Google Maps, and it’s rolling out now.
Google might have started life as a simple search engine designed to help us find what we’re looking for online, but it has since blossomed into a huge company with fingers in all sorts of pies. One of which involves displaying extra information designed to help make your life easier.
Google Can Stop You Getting Hangry
The latest piece of information Google is providing is wait times at restaurants. Most people have their favorite restaurants and favorite foodstuffs, and are willing to wait in line to experience them. But everyone has a limit to how long they’re willing to wait. So Google has stepped in.
From now on, when you click on a business listing on Google for a restaurant, it will show you a slew of information about wait times. This includes live wait times at that moment, average wait times for specific days of the week, and when the restaurant experiences its peak wait times.
Google is adding wait times for almost 1 million “sit-down restaurants around the world that allow walk-ins”. The company is also planning to add wait times for grocery stores in the future, thereby allowing millenials to decide whether that almost-ripe avocado really is worth the wait.
These wait times are based on “anonymized historical data,” so they may not always be 100% accurate. Still, knowing roughly how long you’ll have to wait to eat is better than not having a clue. This feature is rolling out to Google Search now, and coming soon to Google Maps.
Is There Anything Google Cannot Do?
This is the latest in a long line of extra features Google has been adding to Search and Maps of late. Which means Google can now help you find a parking space and find your car again, help wheelchair users get around, help you find a job, and even help Indians find toilets. What’s next?
Do you ever look through a business’s listing on Google? Do you read the reviews? Browse the photos? Or use them to plan your visit? Will you be making use of Google’s new-found ability to predict waiting times in popular restaurants? Please let us know in the comments below!
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