Google Maps will soon show you how busy the bus is

Google Maps is not only interesting for navigation. The app also offers interesting functions for users of public transport (PNV). For a while, users can buy tickets and view the departure times of public transport via the app. In addition to the scheduled departure time of a line, you will also find out if it is delayed and when the bus or train is expected to arrive.

Live traffic data shows delay of buses

The necessary live data comes, among other things, from the public transport companies. Many transport associations in Germany pass on the location data of their vehicles to the provider. In cases where no live data is transmitted, Google Maps will now use the current traffic situation for bus connections. For example, if there is a traffic jam on the route, the resulting delay in arrival time will be calculated accordingly. On request, users can also display where their bus is exactly stuck.

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How busy is the bus? Live usage reveals it

Another new feature of Google Maps may be useful to some users. It’s about the question: how crowded is the bus? In the future, the app will show how many passengers are traveling in a vehicle. So even before the arrival of bus and train passengers have an indication of whether they can hope for seats or have to settle for a standing room.

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For the new feature, Google has repeatedly asked users over the past few months how busy the way of transportation they are traveling. The data collected in this way made clear that connections are equally in demand on certain days and at certain times. Following a similar principle, Google Maps already acts when displaying the visitor rush of places.

In Berlin, the TXL, M41 and M8 lines are the busiest

Survey of Google Maps: These traffic routes in Berlin are used most frequently
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Google now provides the two new features for both the Android and iOS versions of Google Maps. However, the company does not reveal in which 200 cities worldwide they can be used. However, since at least the most frequented public transport lines in Berlin were evaluated in Germany, it is to be expected that live utilization will soon be available here.