Google has announced that it is updating its Maps app to include integration with minicab service Uber, as well as tweaking other features.
iOS and Android users who have the Uber app separately installed on their devices will now have the ability to compare routes and journeys with the option of taking Uber cars, alongside public transport and walking directions.
This function is believed to only be available in ‘some cities’ at the moment. However, the feature does not give users information like waiting times and cost when using the Uber service.
The California-based company, whose popular search engine is a big focus point for SEO businesses, has updated the app so that users now have easy access to alternative routes, as well as being told which lane they need to be in and which exits to take.
There is also a feature capable of finding bars, restaurants and other businesses, and providing information that users may be searching for, such as opening hours, making it seem a lot more like a directory.
Another useful feature that the app now offers is to save maps for offline use, meaning that users can download a route to their phone and still be able to access it when there is no internet connection, or to avoid roaming charges if travelling abroad.
The internet giant is keeping its next move for Google Maps quiet, and has yet to comment following rumours suggesting that it could expand its service to integrate other platforms similar to the Uber app.