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07 October, 2018, 21:41 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • The Google Assistant app can now get you a ride wherever you're going

You can start things off with your voice easily enough, and Google Assistant will show you the information from within the app itself, rather than forcing you to switch to Google Maps to show off the pertinent details. This means you can now book a ride just by asking Google Assistant via voice command.

If you say "Hey Google, get me a taxi to Los Angeles International Airport", the assistant will show a list of ride services - including Uber, Lyft, Ola and several others - along with estimated prices and wait times. The app will ask you to choose from popular ride-hailing service like Ola, Uber, Grab, and Lyft along with a price estimation.

Just before this week, the Google Assistant app on Android was merely redesigned to offer bigger visuals that are comfortable to look at, new controls and sliders for managing smart home gadgets, and a new interactive messaging interface, among other updates.


It appears that developers are wasting no time taking advantage of Google Assistant's new capabilities. Google has yet to confirm the complete list of services that support its new feature.

Alternatively, users can be more specific if they already know which ride-sharing service they want to use. Siri can hail you an Uber on your iPhone (but no Lyft yet).

Service and product comparisons are a natural extension for users of Google search, with this news showing how Google can leverage its digital assistant and voice technology to potentially create a more convenient experience for consumers. Initially it will only be available in English in any country where any of the supported ride hailing services operate, but more languages will be added in the coming months, Google said in the report.

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