Taxify integrates with Google Maps to streamline ride bookings from today

Traffic predictions for your commute

By navigating to the new "commute" tab users can access live traffic and transit information which is relevant to their specific commute. The new features rolling out to Google Maps today probably aren't going to do much to change that, but the hope is that they make commutes a little less miserable or unpredictable.

"Commute data in 25 North American cities tells us daily commute times during rush hour traffic can be up to 60 percent longer than what you expect when you start your drive-resulting in a lot of stress, missed meetings, and skipped breakfasts". Suggested alternate routes also fall under this new tab to help you get to work with fewer delays.

Google Maps just added additional tools created to make long commutes more tolerable.

Another notable new feature is the ability for Google Maps to show exactly where your bus or train is on a map.

Switching between songs and albums can be a chore while you're in a vehicle and following Google Maps' instructions on where to take a turn. Another nifty feature to have while commuting is ... music. Using the Commute tab, Google Maps users now receive real-time information about the various perils along the way that might delay their commute, which should help to prevent them from missing meetings and wasting time on commutes.

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For each leg of an individual's commute, Google Maps will provide information about things such as traffic, when the next train departs, how long it will take to walk from the train station to work, and so on.

If you have to sit in traffic, you may as well do it while listening to good music.

Along with an additional 80 regions around the world now receiving real-time location data on subways, trains, and buses, the biggest other improvement is integration with music services including Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music.

Google is also adding support for "mixed-mode" commutes, for users who use more than one mode of transportation to get to work.

The update is rolling out to both Android and iOS users this week, so keep your eyes peeled.

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