You can now book Ola and Uber rides directly from Google Search


Google is now making it easier for you to book Ola or Uber rides directly from the Search. With the latest update you can now find directions and choose from a menu of ride service options straight from its Google Search App or through the mobile search browser.

Earlier this year, Google Maps received a ride sharing tab at the top of the app from where you can book the ride. With the latest integration, commuters can ask Google for directions, and book ride services directly from Google Search. They will see tab for Uber and Ola with fare estimates and pick up times if a car is available near their location.

When you ask Google specific questions like “Taxi to Bangalore airport” or more specifically “Uber to Bangalore airport” or “Ola to Bangalore airport”, the app/ browser directs the user to select a service and automatically opens the app to book the ride, all in just one tap. In cases where the app is not installed on the device, Google Search will show a link to install the app.

Sanket Gupta, Program Manager, Google said in a statement,

Choosing the best transit option can be a task at times, our aim is to help users simplify their everyday travel. With this, users will be able to order, explore and make quick comparisons about the best estimated taxi fare directly from Google Search results on their mobile.

Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+