One of our oldest problems while being on a bus (or any public transport) has just found a solution with Google Now for Android. Sleepy heads can now nod off without worry. Google’s personal assistant has added an alarm that will wake you up when you reach your stop. Think of it as a trip tracker with an alarm clock.
The integrated alarm works with public transportation and public transit data that Google may have access to. If you have your favorite locations (like your office or home) saved, Google Now will track you from the point you embarked and the point you should get off. Tap it to activate the alarm and the app approximates the point where it should alert you to get off the bus. Tap it again to switch off.
It’s an elegant and simple solution to one very common problem – missing a stop because we nodded off. Though, do note that its utility may vary because GPS and public transportation data is not available for all locations, and also that not all places have organized public transportation systems. There is no information yet on the places where this will work, but Android Police gave the example of The Netherlands when they reported on this feature. The Android watching site also says that it doesn’t seem to hook into the alarm function of the standard Clock app.
Google Now already tracks flight details, navigation information and public transit data. The hook of an alarm clock is a small plus but a really useful one for our everyday lives. You can add its utility to the other recent Google feature which remembers where you parked your car.
Send us your feedback if you use this feature. How useful is it in a real-world situation when you nod off on a bus?