This week, Google shared what looks to be the next major feature with members of the Google Maps preview program. If the news from a member of the preview program is correct, they will automatically display toll rates on roads and bridges to the driver navigation route. Google Maps invited the member to take a survey based on their UX of these features.
This suggests that toll rates and perhaps total costs would routes.along a route before the user selects it, so they can choose between faster and cheaper, but longer
Plan for car-free travel
It is part of a bigger trend to incorporate more advanced transportation planning into Google Maps. Last week, Spin, the micro-mobility unit of the Ford Motor Company, announced the integration of its scooters and electric bikes into Google Maps, making it easier to get around without a car.
Riders can use Maps to see, in real time, the nearest available Spin electric car or scooter. The map describes how long it will take to go to ebike or scooter, estimated battery range, and when you can expect to come. On arrival you can use the Spin app to pay for the car, unlock it and ride. Easy.
Pay for parking or train ticket in Google Map
Earlier this year, Google Maps announced a partnership with Google Pay, allowing users to pay for street parking and fares directly from Google Maps.
COVID-19 increased the desire for hands-free transactions. You can pay for your meter directly from driving navigation in Maps and avoid touching the meter completely.
Passengers on public transport can plan their trip on Google Maps and buy a ticket without switching to a transport pin. Available to 80 transit agencies worldwide. When you get directions, you see the option to pay with your phone with the credit or debit cards already associated with your Google Pay account.
Giving people alternatives at the route planning stage makes it easy to travel and increases the incentive to choose sustainable transport. Google not only leads us, but becomes part of the solution for greener transport.