By: Nirupam Manik, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:51
If you happen to be one of those who is not a fan of Uber's new redesigned app, you would soon be able to book your next Uber right from the Google Maps.
In the latest blog post, Google has now announced a new update for its Google Maps service after which cab aggregator services like Uber will now be fully integrated into the Maps. In other words, you will then be able to book an Uber, complete the ride and pay for it directly from the Google Maps without shuffling between any other app. Not only this, you don't need to have the Uber app installed on your device.
Previously, Google Maps would list you the various cab aggregator service providers with fare estimates but you had to eventually finish up the whole booking and payment process through either Uber app (if installed) or from the browser (if not installed). So if you happen to be one of those who is not a fan of Uber's new redesigned app, you would soon be able to book your next Uber right from the Google Maps. The navigation inside the Uber app, especially in India, has been a little buggy for a while and often fails to update the driver's movement in real time.
Apart from this, Google has also updated its 'Ride Service Tab' and it now shows up various cabs nearby you just like it was earlier displayed in the Uber app. To book and complete your Uber ride directly from Google Maps, tab and search the destination you want to travel to inside the app (Maps) and head to ride service tab. Next, choose the service provider and you will be greeted with the available nearby cab options along with a 'Request' tab at the bottom. The app will now ask you to choose the payment option and ask you to 'Book' a ride. Tapping on the 'Book' tab will reveal all the relevant details about the driver and your cab with an option of 'Help', 'Call' and 'Cancel' the ride. Once inside the cab, Google Maps will keep you updated about the trip and then help you pay for the ride once it's completed.
Note that, at the time of writing this story, the update for Google Maps didn't make it to India. However, we will keep you updated once the update begins rolling out in India.