redBus, the online bus ticket booking platform today announced its partnership with Google Maps. As part of this partnership, Google Maps will start displaying the necessary transport information required to travel between two cities. With this partnership, Google Maps would now be able to assist travellers with inter-city bus transport information along with the driving and train route statistics, the redBus said in a statement. Google Maps already allows users to book Ola cabs within the app itself.
"The tie-up with Google Maps is a natural step towards organising information in the most meaningful way. We are confident that the practical use of this technology will also facilitate better trip planning resulting in greater convenience to travellers," said Krishnan Ramaswami, Senior Vice President, Products, redBus.
redBus has over 2,300 bus operators across the country, including government-run buses, and Google will be able to present data on buses between cities with the exact time and information on where to board the bus. Founded in 2006, redBus is part of online travel company MakeMyTrip and the Bengaluru-based online ticket booking platform is expanding its global presence with operations across Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia and Peru.
This is yet another India-specific feature rolled out by Google to Maps. In the past, Google has touted that it will be rolling out new India-specific features to Google Maps. During the Kerala Floods recently, Google Maps made it easier to track a person's location with the help of 'Google Plus Codes.' The best part of Plus Codes is users can share the exact location even when they're offline via text message.
With Inputs from IANS.