You can now hail an Uber through Google Maps

An update to Google Maps has brought the ability to quickly hail an Uber from within the app itself in addition to other new transit options.

Google Maps is already enjoyed by millions of people around the world, and now choosing a commute just got easier; in a new update, users can hail an Uber directly from the app itself.
In a new effort to make comparing and selecting a means of transport easier than ever, Google has added Uber, among other services, to Maps. Now, users will be able to select between transport, cycling, walking, driving, or selecting an Uber to get around.
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Google first integrated Uber into Maps back in 2014, but until now users have only been able to compare taking a ride directly against public transit and walking options in certain cities and jump into the Uber app itself.
Now, users can request an Uber without having to leave Maps at all, and will be able to view different options such as UberX, UberXL or UberBlack, as well as pricing and time estimates.
Once selected, users will be automatically taken to the Uber app to confirm the booking for billing purposes.
The new update to Google Maps will begin rolling out to Android within the coming days, with the view of an iOS rollout occurring “very soon”.
Google Maps has further partnered with other taxi companies around the world to offer similar functionality, including the likes of Hailo in the UK and Spain, and mytaxi in Germany.
Interestingly, Google has yet to confirm if it plans to add cab companies based in the US to Maps.
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