Google is adding a new Commute tab to Google Maps and adding Apple Music integration to it as well. The new Commute tab provides users with “one-tap access to live traffic and transit information” that will help them plan their commute accordingly.
The tab will provide information if the trip is going to take longer than normal and show alternative faster routes if there’s a delay. Google Maps already does these things, it is just that the Commute tap is making it easier to access this information.
There’s also a new commute feature which provides commute directions involving both public transit and driving. This will be helpful for users whose office trip includes using both driving and public transit as they can now get a clear picture of their total commute time and alternative routes, if any, from a single overview screen.
You can see helpful information about when to leave, and for each leg of your trip: you’ll know if there’s traffic on your drive, when the next train departs, and how long it’ll take to walk from the train station to the office.
Most importantly perhaps, Google is adding Google Play Music, Spotify, and Apple Music integration to Google Maps. This will allow users to control their music and podcast playback right from within the Maps app. On Android, Spotify users will also be able to browse through songs, albums, and artists and select their favorite playlist right from within Google Maps.
Finally, Google Maps will now provide real-time transit information for buses and trains in over 80 regions worldwide. This will allow users to better plan their commute and help them decide if they have the time to grab a cup of coffee before their metro arrives or not. Even better, in Sydney, Google has partnered with Transport New South Wales to show if there will be a seat available on the next bus or train or not.
The update will start rolling out for iOS and Android from later this week.