Internet search giant Google on Wednesday said that consumers can now book an Ola or an Uber directly via Google Search.
According to the company, the new feature will help commuters across the country can ask Google for directions, and book ride services directly from Google Search. “They will get to see a tab for ride services, both Uber and Ola, with fare estimates and pick up times if a car is available near their location,” Sanket Gupta, program manager at Google, said.
“Choosing the best transit option can be a task at times, our aim is to help users simplify their everyday travel. With this, users will be able to order, explore and make quick comparisons about the best estimated taxi fare directly from Google Search results on their mobile,” he added.
The same feature was previously made available on the latest version of Google Maps earlier this year in the form of a dedicated tab with information for cab services in addition to the existing driving, public transport, or walking options.
On request for specific information such as ‘Taxi to Bangalore airport’ or more specifically ‘Uber to Bangalore airport’ or ‘Ola to Bangalore airport’, the app or browser will now direct the user to select a service and automatically open the app to book the ride.
In cases where the app is not installed on the device, Google Search will show a link to install the app.