Google Maps is getting a really nice new feature that could help quite a lot in your next commute. The app can now predict how crowded your next train, bus, or subway could be.
The feature is integrated into the existing navigation interface, and when your commute includes a bus or a train, Google will suggest how crowded your bus, train or subway is likely to be.
The feature is great for when you want to avoid a sweaty train, and Google expects the data to be pretty accurate. The company actually has been analyzing data from existing Google Maps users anonymously to calculate the crowdedness of buses, trains and subway around the world. The company’s finding showed some of the most crowded transit lines around the world (you can find some of the other interesting tidbits here):
Google Maps is also introducing another useful feature that will help bus riders. It can now show live traffic delays based on real-time traffic conditions. This only applies to areas and routes where Google already doesn’t get real-time information directly from local transit agents. The feature can even show exactly where a bus is facing delays which is pretty cool.
These new features are coming to Google Maps on Android and iOS today for users in nearly 200 cities around the world.