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Google Maps wants to bring more order to your daily travels with new Commute tab

Now, you’ll also be able to stream your favorite music and podcasting services through Google Maps.

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Google Maps is giving you more control of your daily commute by offering real-time traffic and transit information. Located under the all-new Commute tab, the feature will let you know whether the day is normal or if it’s time for you to think of alternative travel routes, which of course, Google will also provide.

Noting that travel delays can lead to stress, missed meetings, and skipped breakfasts, Google says its solution is ideally suited for people whose commutes involve both driving and public transit. As such, you can see helpful information about when to leave, and for each leg of your trip.

For example, you’ll know if there’s traffic on your drive, when the next train departs, and how long it’ll take to walk from the train station to the office.

On Android only, you’ll also receive notifications about delays and disruptions on your route as they happen, so you can know about an incident before you get caught up in a travel delay.

Additionally, transit riders in 80 regions worldwide will now be able to see exactly where their bus or train is in real time on the map.

Music and podcasts through Google Maps

Looking for even more? Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music are now available within Google Maps so you can control your tunes and podcasts directly from the navigation app. On Android, Spotify users can also choose favorite content by browsing through songs, albums, podcasts, and playlists with easy to use navigation.

These new features sound exciting and I can’t wait to check them out.

What do you think of the new Google Map features? Let us know below. 

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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