Google Maps wants to make your commute less taxing (and more musical)

Google Maps Commute tab

The new Google Maps Commute tab shows the trip to and from work combining driving and mass transit. Graphic Google

Google Maps tallies more than 1 billion monthly active users, giving the company plenty of data points to work with.

Google announced today several new features that are being added to their Google Maps app on Android and iOS meant to help commuters get to their destinations with hopefully a bit less stress. All of this will be factored into your ETA.

Google Maps will also support mixed-mode commutes.

If you have to sit in traffic, you may as well do it while listening to good music. This will be helpful for users whose office trip includes using both driving and public transit as they can now get a clear picture of their total commute time and alternative routes, if any, from a single overview screen. To remove the hassle of switching between Maps and Music apps, Google is making Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play Music available right inside the Google Maps application.

These new commute features start rolling out globally on iOS and Android this week. That help comes in the form of a new commute tab in the Maps app. Launch Google Maps on your phone, tap the commute tab, and you'll be presented with live traffic and transit information for a given route.

The goal of Google's new Commute tab is to better prepare people for the obstacles that lie ahead-say, an accident or highway congestion-or help them beat traffic altogether. Spotify users on Android will also be able to browse and select content from inside the app.

Now, transit riders in 80 regions worldwide will be able to see exactly where their bus or train is in real time on the map. And folks in Sydney, Australia are getting an extra feature, as Google has partnered with Transport New South Wales to show you how full your next bus or train is.

Google is in somewhat of a unique position to analyze daily communities and understand the frustration that many drivers go through. You can access them by updating the app from the Play Store or App Store.

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