Google Maps will soon be helping commuters during rush hour to avoid crowded public transport via a new feature.
Google is set to introduce crowdedness predictions, which will show how busy trams, buses, tube journeys and trains will be. This is to help commuters decide whether to squeeze on a congested service or wait for a quieter spot.
However, the tech giant has been very selective about which commuters get to experience the predictions.
The new feature is set to be installed onto iOS as well as Android devices across nearly 200 locations across the world, including 18 cities and towns in the UK.
However, Greater Manchester isn’t one of them.
Liverpool and Sheffield are included in the 18, as well as London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Crawley, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, and Southampton.
Google is also looking into improving its information on live traffic delays for buses in locations where it doesn’t already have access to real-time information direct from local transit agencies. This service will tell users whether their bus is running late or on time.
It has been reported that earlier this year, a study by the Labour Party claimed overcrowding on trains in the UK has hit one of its highest levels and is set to worsen.
Of the most overcrowded train routes, they were on average 187 per cent over capacity.
The most overcrowded route of last year was the early 4.22am train from Glasgow to Manchester Airport, with twice the number of passengers as the service was designed to carry, the study suggested.