Public transport info added to Google Maps for Android app
Google has upped the ante for mapping by adding public transport info to its Google Maps for Android application (as well as to the desktop version).
Pictured right: Left: Mobile map with all modes of public transit shown; Right: Transit Lines layer in Subway mode
On its official blog it summarises thus:
Since 2005, we’ve collaborated with hundreds of transit authorities around the world to make a comprehensive resource for millions of riders to find out which bus, train, subway or tram can take them to their next destination. Today, Google Maps has public transportation schedules for more than one million transit stops worldwide, in nearly 500 cities including New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney.
Public transportation information is especially useful when it’s in the palm of your hand. Today we’re releasing an update to the Google Maps for Android app (version 6.10) which makes this transit information even more useful. We’ve made some changes to the Transit Lines layer, so that you can select a specific mode of public transportation (train, bus, tram or subway) to display on the mobile map, hiding the other modes. This is helpful in areas where there is a tight concentration of several types of public transit.
Five hundred locations worldwide are now supported, in terms of public transport info. For the UK, these include:
- East Anglia UK Traveline East Anglia
- East Midlands UK Traveline East Midlands
- London Transport for London
- Scotland Traveline Scotland
- Southeast UK Traveline South East
You can get the latest version of Google Maps from the Google Play store.
Android navigation now has an edge over what Apple’s IOS 6 mobile OS has planned, writes Lee Bell on The Inquirer, as ‘according to widespread reports it won’t have the public transport features that Google has now rolled out’.
Note that it is the desktop version pictured below, showing timing details of London bus #137, as an example. Of course, TFL info-based apps are already available, but the ‘x to y’ search functionality makes the info very generalised and easy to access, as part of Maps.