If you are a regular Uber user, you know how menacing the navigation menu of the app can be. If you happen to be an equally avid user of Google Maps, you’ll be surprised to know that Google Maps is exactly what Uber uses to get you from A to B.
Since the two are integrated into one another, the fact that you can book an Uber with Google Maps is both, obvious and awesome at the same time. You can use the Google Maps app to set your destination and order a cab with just the tap of a button.
Things you will need:
- The Uber app installed and signed in on your Android device.
- The latest version of Google Maps for Android.
From the home screen of your Android device, head over to the Google Maps app and enter your destination. With the destination marked on the map, press the blue button on the bottom-right corner of the screen to create a navigation route from your current location to the destination.
On the blue section at the top of the screen, you can see point A and B, along with different modes of travel. You will be able to see the stick figure holding a briefcase as seen below, so tap on it to see the available Uber cabs near you.
This awesome cab-hailing feature of Google Maps extends to other services like Lyft and Ola Cabs, which will also pop up if you have the respective app installed on your Android device. Select your desired Uber cab type to see the wait times and fare estimates, and hit “Next” to go forward.
You can now select the payment option and confirm your pickup location directly from Google Maps and tap “Book” to hail an Uber. The arrival details of the car and the driver details will be sent to the Google Maps app just like you would receive them on the Uber app.
Are you ready to start calling cabs by simply using the Google Maps app for Android? Do share your thoughts on this cool feature down in the comments section below.