With the online cab services becoming popular in India, Google has now enabled booking a cab directly through the search.
Google has announced that users can now find directions and choose from a menu of ride service options straight from its Google Search App or through the mobile search browser. While this feature was implemented in the Google Maps, with the new update users can avail the services directly from the Search.
With the new update, on searching for cabs, users will get to see a tab for ride services, both Uber and Ola, with fare estimates and pick up times if a car is available near their location. This does not require the Ola or Uber app to be installed. To search for a cab, users need to key in terms liek “Taxi to Bangalore airport” or more specifically “Uber to Bangalore airport” or “Ola to Bangalore airport”, the app/ browser directs the user to select a service and automatically opens the app to book the ride, all in just one tap.
Speaking about the integration, Sanket Gupta, Program Manager, Google, “Choosing the best transit option can be a task at times, our aim is to help users simplify their everyday travel. With this, users will be able to order, explore and make quick comparisons about the best estimated taxi fare directly from Google Search results on their mobile.”