Monday, 15 October, 2018

You can now book an Uber (and others) with Google Assistant

Google Assistant Lyft Google Assistant finally lets you book Uber, Lyft rides
Troy Mann | 07 October, 2018, 21:39

While this is not a relatively new idea, Google recently announced that its flagship digital assistant, Google Assistant, is now capable of booking ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft.

Before this update, you could ask the Google Assistant to help you book a cab and it would simply divert you into a ride-sharing app on your phone. For example, "Hey Google, get me an Ola ride to Gateway of India".

It is true that Google Assistant was designed as a voice-based helper in the beginning.

You can also use a smart speaker like the Google Home to make your request, then confirm it within the relevant rideshare app on your phone. This new feature is great for the time when you are in a hurry. Not just this, Google assistant will help you in showing estimated wait time and price of each operator, so that you can make your decision easily without the hassle of opening individual apps.

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Google debuted a feature for its voice-enabled Google Assistant that lets users compare services from companies like Uber or Lyft, per CNet. However, you can ask for a particular service if you want to skip the long list.

This new feature comes after the company updated the User experience for Google Assistant. Tapping on an option will take you right into Uber or Lyft to show you pricing and exact wait times for drivers. This feature will be rolled out first in English and in territories where Google's affiliate ride services are doing business, with plans to bring support for more languages in the future.

With Google expected to launch a screen-laden Google Assistant speaker called the Google Home Hub, these features are likely to trickle down to more products and markets in the coming months.

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