Google Maps gets mix mode commute option in more cities

Google Maps to get mix mode commute option more Indian cities

Internet giant Google is looking to expand the mixed-mode commute option in its maps on the Android platform to cities across India which displays a combination of transport modes.

"The public transport tab on Google Maps for Android now informs users about a journey that combines auto-rickshaw and public transport. It indicates how much time it will take, and which station they should take an auto-rickshaw to/from," Google Maps vice president Jen Fitzpatrick said in a statement.

At present, the feature is available for Delhi and Bengaluru only and it would be made available in other Indian cities.

She was speaking on the occasion of Google Map completing 15 years.

Fitzpatrick listed 14 features that Google has incorporated into the maps. Of these eight were first started in India and six were inspired from India and implemented in other foreign markets.

Information about public toilets was inspired by Swachh Bharat Mission. Digital addresses called "Plus Codes" for location sharing including mixed-mode commute is some of the features for which Google Map got inspiration from India.

"Google Maps now lists over 57,000 public toilets in 2,300+ cities across India. The initiative was launched in 2016 as a pilot in three cities -- New Delhi, Bhopal, and Indore -- in collaboration with the Swachh Bharat Mission and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs," Fitzpatrick said. 

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