Google has introduced a new feature to Google Maps for desktops and mobile phones that will allow users to get public transit information in real time.
According to Google, users will be able get a live feed about the status of their ride and will be notified about any delays if they occur. Google Maps will also allow users to plan their commute using the real-time transit data available from Google.
In a blog post, Google said that it had partnered with transit agencies in four US cities and two European cities to give live transit information to users.
The new Google Maps feature is available in Boston, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin.
“When you click on a transit station or plan a transit route with Google Maps and there are delays or alerts related to your trip, you’ll now see “live departure times” (indicated with a special icon) and service alerts,” Google explained.
The feature can be activated on Google Maps by selecting the ‘Transit’ option from the layers box. The rail lines will be highlighted in yellow while the bus lines will be highlighted with blue. Users will be able to get the up-to-date information on on arrival times by clicking on a transit station.