The iOS Google Maps app has long shown you Uber fares and pickup times when you search for a destination, provided that you have the Uber app installed. Google has integrated five more services into its mapping app. Most of these are for countries outside the USA – though NYC dwellers can also use Gett.
If you have a provider’s app installed and tap on the ride service tab, you’ll be able to see fare estimates and pick up times if a car is available near you. Select a service, and we’ll take you directly to their app for you to book your ride with one tap. When it makes sense, we’ll also show ride service availability when viewing the map in walking and transit directions, and multiple ride services options for each provider—where they exist. For example, if you’re using Uber, starting today, we’ll now show uberX, uberXL and UberBLACK for an easy and quick comparison.
The new services are 99Taxis in Brazil; Gett for Israel, Russia and the UK; Hailo for Ireland, Spain, Singapore and the UK; MyTaxi in Austria, Germany, Poland, Spain and Switzerland; and Ola Cabs in India.
If more than one service is available in a country, you can compare fares and pickup times to get the best deal. Google has also added Spotlight Search support to allow you to find saved and recently-searched places. It follows an update last month which added pit stops and 3D Touch support.
Google Maps is a free download from iTunes. The update follows a similar one for Android a week ago.