Are we there yet? Google Maps may soon let you share your ETA with friends

Are we there yet? Google Maps may soon let you share your ETA with friends
No one likes showing up late to an engagement, but even when we do our best to plan ahead and try to arrive on time, fate has a nasty habit of throwing us a curve ball. Whether we're talking about traffic jams or public transit delays, there's a lot that can go wrong and slow us down when we're on our way somewhere important. But now it looks like Google Maps could be about to pick up a tool that will at least help us keep people informed as to our progress, with evidence surfacing for upcoming ETA alerts.

Yesterday we took a look at the new Google Maps v9.26.1 for Android, including updated search-along-route tools for multiple transit modes. And beyond the features that were going live in that release, we also learned about unused code in the app that appeared to reveal work on in-development features like a new “Discover” mode. It turns out those were just the tip of the iceberg, and the app's files also include references to a new way of sharing ETA info.

The tool appears to give users the option to share both their destination and estimated time of arrival with interested parties – there's even a mode that will let them know about the general traffic conditions (light/heavy/usual) you're facing.

In addition to manually triggering such notification messages, the app should also have a a way to automatically send out updates throughout your journey.

Hiding within the lines of that APK are even more upcoming features just waiting to be fleshed out: warnings about accessibility, location history maps, shortcuts to frequently used destinations, and more. As always, it's up to Google to decide on when it's going to finish work on these abilities and make them accessible to the Maps-using public.

source: XDA-Developers via BGR

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9 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Love having this feature on my other mapping/routing apps, but really, just telling your friends "20 mins" or whatever always seems faster than clicking buttons, entering contact names, etc.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think this has been a feature in Waze for quite some time now.

5. Unordinary unregistered

Yes, it has. I've always found saying "text Kate be there in 20 mins" faster than going through the process of sending the ETA. Nice features though

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But with Waze they can track your progress from the start of your trip without the need for any interaction on your part aside from when you first start driving. I find that to be a bit more helpful.... though admittedly I do not really use this feature all that much any more.

8. Unordinary unregistered

Very true. Gotta love that feature with Waze and iMessage

2. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I already do. It's called screenshot & text.

4. xq10xa

Posts: 801; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That's really sweet for when meeting up at bars, concerts, parties, etc....

6. talon95

Posts: 976; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

They should never have removed locations from maps to integrate into G+. Now they just have to put it back.

9. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

there goes me saying i m stuck in traffic or i left the home 15 min ago and be there in 5...lol

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