Google has just updated its Maps for mobile and desktop apps, adding a simple and yet quite useful feature especially for those who commute daily. Beginning today, both Google Maps apps will now have live transit updates that will tell you the exact arrival of the ride that you are waiting for. Since this is a live update, the new feature covers late arrivals of incoming buses or other public mode of transits. Live transit updates were made possible by Google in partnership with transit agencies operating in the four U.S. cities – Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego and San Francisco plus two key cities in Europe – Madrid and Turin. So the next time that you are about to take a public bus and the arrival of that bus was delayed, you can immediately check Google Maps on your iPhone to see the new “live departure times” of the said bus. That way, you can plan ahead if you’re going to wait up for the bus or find other modes of transport.
The live transit updates are available now in the latest version of Google Maps for mobile as well as on Google Maps for desktop. For more details about this new Google Maps for Mobile features, a demo video is attached below.