Tech & Science Lyft drivers won't have to switch apps to use Google Maps

09:40  13 october  2017
09:40  13 october  2017 Source:   Engadget UK

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  The Pixel 2 can automatically switch into do not disturb mode when you're driving In addition to announcing two new Pixel phones this week, Google released a new app called Pixel Ambient Services. I know, it's an exciting name. This is the description for the app: "Pixel Ambient Services provides features based on local context for Pixel devices." Today Android Police spotted that Google's provided screenshots for the app feature an automatic setting for when the phones detect a user driving. You can see it below. © Provided by The Verge This screen suggests that the phone will automatically go into a do not disturb mode when someone is driving.

If you've taken enough Lyft rides, you've probably noticed that drivers have to switch to a navigation app before they start driving . It'd be nice if they could just get going, wouldn' t it? They will now: Lyft has added built-in Google Maps navigation to its driver app .

I've been having issues with Google maps when it switches from the Lyft App . I use Waze/ Google Maps I did notice a few days ago Google has updated to now show what waze users have reported via waze onto Google Maps which is great.

  Lyft drivers won't have to switch apps to use Google Maps © Provided by Engadget If you've taken enough Lyft rides, you've probably noticed that drivers have to switch to a navigation app before they start driving. It'd be nice if they could just get going, wouldn't it? They will now: Lyft has added built-in Google Maps navigation to its driver app. Once you've buckled up, your drivers can take you to your destination with the same app they used to pick you up. Google Maps is only available in the Android version of the app right now, but it's "coming soon" for iPhone-toting drivers.

Yes, the odds are that this will only save you and your driver seconds on any given trip. However, this is really part of a broader effort to save as much time as possible for both drivers and passengers. Lyft is clearly betting that all those seconds and minutes will not only please drivers looking to maximize their income, but passengers who'll be more likely to take Lyft when they're in a hurry.

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Google's parent company Alphabet is leading a $1bn round of new funding for ride-hailing company Lyft that will help it step up its challenge to larger rival Uber. The funding is being led by CapitalG, Alphabet's growth investment fund, which also has also backed tech companies such as home-renting platform Airbnb and payments firm Stripe.It is the latest challenge to Uber, which is appealing against a decision by London transport bosses to strip it of its licence to operate in the capital. © Reuters An illuminated sign appears in a Lyft ride-hailing car in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 21, 2017.

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