Google Maps transit direction now includes planned NYC subway disruptions

google maps transit direction now includes planned nyc subway disruptions train disruption

A true New York subway rider will know exactly where on the on the train to stand to get off nearest to the exit, the swift and effective swipe of a Metrocard, and how to balance inside a train car without holding onto the rails. What we normally can’t anticipate, however, are random service disruptions that often plague the city’s intricate public transportation system. Up until this week, Google Maps is a good source of getting estimated train arrival times and exact directions of how to get from point A to B, but this information never included planned delays and constructions. Until now.

google adds live transit tracking to six locations on maps updatedStarting today, Google Maps will now display planned service disruptions at every one of the city’s 468 subway stations, and take that into account when calculating the best travel route. The updated feature will be available via the Web app and on Google Maps in iOS and Android. The integration of real-time service will be useful for both native New Yorkers and visitors alike, helping travelers efficiently get around the city without the formerly inevitable frustration that come with surprise train disruptions. How many times have you felt stranded after finding out your train is skipping your local station? At least now you can plan for it, even if it won’t alleviate the annoyance.

It’s about time Google Maps added real-time transit updates, considering several other apps have been doing the same for quite a while. HopStop is one that reliably takes service disruptions into consideration when routing your travel, while Embark is a neat little app that will even work underground where most New York train stations lack connectivity. For those who didn’t use these apps, they would have to check up on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)’s The Weekender to ensure their trains are running smoothly.

Google’s real-time transit delays have previously been available for six other cities: Boston, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid, Spain and Turin, Italy. Surprisingly, such feature has not been added to Google Maps’ London public transit direction despite the ongoing 2012 Olympics. With the addition of New York City, we hope to see other major spots included in this list to make traveling in foreign places a bit easier to tackle. Perhaps it’s too little too late, but this would be a nice step to winning back some companies, including Foursquare and Apple, in considering Google Maps as part of their service again.

Mobile

The Pixel 3 is just another phone. But the A.I. brains inside are unrivaled

The idea that artificial intelligence in smartphones will transform our lives has been heavily hyped, but the reality often disappoints. Google may not know how to make a beautiful phone, but its A.I. features are truly useful.
Cars

GPS units aren't dead! Our favorite models still do things your phone can't

Love hitting the open road but hate having to rely solely on your phone for getting around? Thankfully, the best in-car GPS systems will allow you to navigate and capitalize on a range of features sans your cellular network. Here are our…
Mobile

iOS 12.0.1 fixes iPhone XS charging issue, Wi-Fi bugs, and more

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.
Mobile

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited for a different occasion.
Product Review

Never invite a Shark robot into your house. Unless it’s this vacuum

Robot vacuums can definitely make chores suck a lot less, but they aren’t capable of cleaning places that are off the floor. Shark has an answer for your couch cushions and your carpets with its new S87 cleaning system, which comes with a…
Smart Home

Sleep Number’s 360 p5 is a smart bed, but can it solve your sleep problems?

Could a smarter bed be the key to a good night’s sleep? Sleep Number has built an entire line of smart beds, ranging from budget to flagship models, that monitor your sleep and offer a simple Sleep IQ score. Is it the secret to sleeping…
Product Review

Alexa, annoy my neighbors! The Echo Sub brings the boom you've been missing

Amazon’s Echo Sub is aimed at Echo speaker owners looking to inject some room-moving bass into their smart speaker experience. We quickly learned that it’s a niche product, but one that does its odd job extremely well.
Smart Home

Here are the five new Amazon Echo devices available now

Shipping begins on five new Amazon devices, including the Echo Show, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Sub, and an Alexa-enabled smart plug. Here's a bit more about each device, as well as cost and how to buy.
Deals

How to create a smart living room for under $250

By being shrewd about which brands and products you invest in, you can quickly and easily turn your house into a home that's “smart,” and that's true even if you’re starting from scratch.
Smart Home

Alexa will trick or greet you with custom doorbells this Halloween

Amazon released new Alexa-compatible smart doorbell application tools for developers. These let smart cameras and doorbells use motion sensing and doorbell presses to start Alexa Routines.
Smart Home

Like many of us, this tiny home keeps itself running with coffee in its system

Dunkin' partnered with a biochemical company, a tiny home manufacturer, and Olivia Wilde to build a 275-square foot transportable home powered by coffee ground-based biofuel. The Home That Runs on Dunkin incorporates reclaimed materials.
Product Review

Hotter than a Dot? Google's Home Mini outsmarts, doesn't outperform Amazon rival

With voice match and improved artificial intelligence capabilities, the $49 Google Home Mini is a voice assistant that seamlessly puts the Google platform on the tip of your tongue.
Smart Home

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which is better?

We put the two most popular smart home speakers -- the Google Home Mini and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot -- together and tested them on appearance, audio, and abilities. So which should you buy? Find out how they did in our showdown.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.