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Google Maps app gets real-time public transit updates in the UK

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Google has announced its Maps app will now give users live public transport information in the UK and five other prominent locations in Europe and the United States.

The real-time updates will let you know when buses, metros and subway systems will actually arrive rather than simply their regularly scheduled time.

Not only will you receive live arrivals information, you’ll also get notifications when your chosen method of transport is leaving the origin station so you can plan accordingly.

This real-time transit info will let you see live arrivals for buses, metros and subway systems - and even alert you to cancelled routes - so you can better navigate the intricate and unpredictable world of transit in major cities around the world,” a post on the Google Lat Long blog read.

Google has added more than 25 new data partners in the applicable areas, which are the UK, Netherlands, Budapest, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

If you’re not in one of those locations, fear not, Google also has some neat updates for its existing transit information in 18,000 cities and 64 countries.

“Starting today in Google Maps, relevant journeys are handily arranged and summarized in the app—so it’s easy to know at a glance how long you’ll be waiting and what your other options are if you just miss that bus,” the company added.

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The launch, which appears to be for both iOS and Android, is ideally timed by Google to counter Apple’s expected announcement of public transport information within a revamped Maps app in iOS 9.

The company is expected to announce the Maps Transit service in six cities, when it previews the new mobile operating system at WWDC next week.

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