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Google Assistant update offers ride booking support for Uber, Ola

07 October 2018, 09:38 | Jodi Jackson

Google Assistant finally lets you book Uber, Lyft rides

You can now ask Google Assistant to book you a ride to your destination

However, you will still need to use your phone to finalise your trip and vehicle through that company's respective app.

Google Assistant will now allow users to search for rides across destinations, and even book a cab/bike through the service. "Book me a ride to IGI airport".

If you're new to these services, you may see a message within Maps that lists some discounts offered by Google, such as GMAPS50 for Lyft, which gives you $5 off your first 10 rides, and GMAP, which makes your first Uber ride free (up to $15).

Google Assistant can now help you book a ride-hailing service and get a auto sent your way, but it'll still need some help at the end. For example, "Hey Google, get me an Ola ride to Gateway of India".

It seems that the new feature will be helpful for those who want to find a service with the shortest wait time or the lowest price. Considering this flaw, the Mountainview company has added more visual design to the smart assistant app. Google claims that the update will make the app more intuitive and compelling for the users. The user can then choose which service they want to tap. But, after making its way to a number of devices like phones and smart displays, Google can cram its assistant into, which is being forced to use your voice to access a lot of features. Users can also get a ride estimate from a particular ride service such as Uber by using its name when asking for the estimate, according to the report. Siri can hail you an Uber on your iPhone (but no Lyft yet). The feature will now roll in English, but the language base will expand.

As for the availability, Google has started rolling out the new feature in the countries where English is the primary language and where the ride service partners of Google are operating.

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