Anybody who uses public transit knows scheduled departure times rarely match up to actual departure times. To improve that situation comes Google to the rescue, which is now providing live transit updates on its Google Maps mobile and desktop platforms, initially in six international cities: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid, and Turin. FastCompany’s Ariel Schwartz checked in with Google to find out why big cities such as London and New York weren’t included.
Apparently, it all comes down to the transit agencies, many of which don’t have real-time capabilities yet. Schwartz says real-time updates are becoming increasingly common, though, which means that new cities should be added soon. For now, at least commuters in a handful of places can now know if they need to worry while standing in line for coffee on their way to their pick-up spot.
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