New Uber integration lets you book & track rides without leaving Google Maps

New Uber integration lets you book & track rides without leaving Google Maps”

For a while now you've been able to see an Uber ETA and price estimate within Google Maps.

Google is kicking off the new year with an update for Google Maps. A year after Google Maps added a ride services mode to its popular app, it's making yet another improvement that will make it simpler still for you to hop in a auto, bound for your next adventure.

The new Google Maps app is available on both iOS and Android from today offering a new look and new options for ride sharing. The integration even works if you don't have the Uber app installed on your phone. You just sign in with your Uber account info, which pulls up your stored payment info and other details. On January 12, Google announced the ability for users to book a ride with Uber (or another ride provider) directly from Google Maps. You can also see promos and special offers in this view.

This is a pretty significant update for Google Maps.

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I'm a huge Alexa fan, and I've long thought it's the ideal experience for use in-car. Drivers can also ask Alexa for their car's current fuel level and battery range.

You don't even need to have the Uber app installed on your smartphone in order to hail a ride, though you will need an active account of course.

Uber takes things a step further, as it has struck a deal with Google for users to book Uber rides from directly within the Google Maps app. Google Ventures, now called GV within the Alphabet umbrella, made an early investment in Uber in 2013.

When looking up a destination, you now have an extra tab that lets you book a ride.

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