Google has revealed the latest update to its virtual assistant which will now allow users to compare prices of ride-hailing services and order a auto from within the Google Assistant app. Sure, you can get the app for iOS, but to talk to the Assistant on an iPhone, you need to open its app first, whereas an Android phone is always ready for a "Hey, Google" voice command.
While this is not a relatively new idea, Google recently announced that its flagship digital assistant, Google Assistant, is now capable of booking ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft. For example, in the San Francisco bay area, your Lyft options within Google Maps can range from the default Lyft Shared (the cheapest option) to "Lyft Lux Black XL", which will cost several times more but be able to accomodate a much larger group of riders. If you have the app, then you must know that Google Assistant has very less intuitive design compared to its offering. This feature will put all the services or app in sync with the Google Assistant for developers to easily sell their digital goods. After users choose a service, Google will open the ride-hailing service's app to complete the transaction. This new feature is great for the time when you are in a hurry. Tapping on an option will take you right into Uber or Lyft to show you pricing and exact wait times for drivers. 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.
Google Assistant has been constantly adding more features to ensure that it can fulfill nearly every need of its users. Initially it will only be available in English in any country where any of the supported ride hailing services operate, but more languages will be added in the coming months, Google said in the report.