About to order up an Uber, but curious if Lyft or another ride-sharing service is cheaper? Google can help you with that.
In March, the Web giant added a ride services tab to Maps offering Uber fare estimates and pickup times, and now it’s showing two more options for those in the US: Lyft and Gett. This means you’ll easily be able to compare prices without having to download and open a bunch of different apps.
“Say you’re looking to get from the High Line to Times Square in Manhattan,” Google Maps Senior Product Manager Sara Torti wrote in a Thursday blog post. When you type these locations into the Google Maps app, you’ll see the ride services tap appear alongside driving, transit, and walking directions.
“Just tap the [ride services] icon and you’ll find fare estimates and pick-up times from multiple ride service partners, depending on driver availability,” Torti wrote. “We’ll also show various types of services offered by each partner — for instance Lyft may also show options for a Lyft Line ride.”
Ride options from Lyft will soon begin appearing across the US, while Gett will only show availability within NYC for now. The ride services tab updates automatically, based on driver availability, estimated fare, and estimated time of arrival.
To book a ride, it appears you’ll need to have the app installed.
The new additions come after Google last month launched multi-stop directions for Maps on iOS and some new offline features on Android. The multi-stop feature, also available on Android, lets you enter numerous destinations for just one trip.