Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go.


Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, users are now able to book, pay, and track your rides without having to leave Google Maps.

Google announced the update on Thursday in a blog post, explaining that Maps users need only to sign in to their existing  account (or create one) in order to book an Uber ride, track the driver on the map, and connect with the driver, all from within the Maps app.

When a user types in a destination, they are to tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when they select one of the Uber options they’ll no longer be whisked away to the Uber app. Instead they’ll see a new Request button, which directs users to log into their accounts and complete the payment process right in Google Maps.

Once booked, a tiny car icon will appear on the map to track the progress of the ride. The verge reports that Google says the new update is “starting to roll out” globally as of today on both platforms.

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