At first blush, using Google Maps to navigate your way to work and back might sound unneccessary: It's probably the single route you know most intimately.
There's also a new commute feature which provides commute directions involving both public transit and driving.
Also coming to Google Maps is support for mixed-mode commutes. Over time, they've added a number of features including turn-by-turn navigation, early warnings of traffic jams, and more. That help comes in the form of a new commute tab in the Maps app. Launch Google Maps on your phone, tap the commute tab, and you'll be presented with live traffic and transit information for a given route.
Google announced today several new features that are being added to their Google Maps app on Android and iOS meant to help commuters get to their destinations with hopefully a bit less stress. Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music will all be available from inside Google Maps with standard controls to pause, skip, or play your favorite tunes and podcasts.
In the case of a delay on your daily commute, Google Maps will suggest you alternative routes to help you get to work faster. If there's traffic on your drive but the train is looking good, you'll know. Google is addressing that with a series of new features and integrations in Google Maps. These include a new tab that combines features commuters need, such as warnings that the trip will take longer than normal and integration with some popular music-streaming services. Say goodbye to toggling between apps, and rock out knowing that you can keep your eyes where they should be-on the road. Buses and trains in 80 regions now have real time tracking so you can see exactly when the next one will pick you up. In Sydney, users get another useful feature: They'll know how full their bus or train is before it arrives.
Google started rolling out the update today and it should be hitting user accounts over the course of the next few days this week.
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