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Google Now tells you when to get off public transit

Above: A woman sleeps on the '7' train in Queens, New York.

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Drunk, exhausted, or just plain oblivious subway riders touting Android devices now have a bit of a safety net.

Google Now's public transit alarm at work in the Netherlands.

Above: Google Now’s public transit alarm at work in the Netherlands.

Image Credit: Android Police

Google has integrated smart alarms into its Google Now public transportation card, reports Android Police.

That means the contextual software, which surfaces information on “cards” that pop up when they’re relevant, now offers bus and train travelers the option to set an alarm tied to their expected trip time.

Theoretically, the software will alert you just before it’s time to disembark.

If Google Maps offers public transit directions in your area, you should have access to Google Now transit alerts — so lean back, hide your wallet, and enjoy those extra 40 winks.

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30 comments
Sarah Fine
Sarah Fine

Thank god they finally figured this out

Lou Raio
Lou Raio

Doesn't matter. I'm doing it. For real. WHY? Because that's how I roll, son.

Will Smith
Will Smith

Security cameras are on most buses

Toussaint Liline
Toussaint Liline

What about when I'm under ground will Google be able to do that I live in New York

Lydia King
Lydia King

Native NYers have this innate ability.

Praveen Srikantaiah
Praveen Srikantaiah

More than this, Google should provide ticketing for the transit.  For e.g. in the San Francisco Bay Area, if my trip involves Caltrain, BART and Muni, I should be able to buy a ticket on my smartphone through Google Wallet for the entire trip.  Google can then pay the individual agencies.  I should just get on the bus and get off like I do on Uber.  If an inspector comes to check my ticket, he should be able to scan a QR Code for that trip and confirm that I have indeed paid.  Imagine how much this would save the transit agencies! The cost of maintaining ticket machines, the cost of maintaining smart card readers on every bus/train and imagine the time saved for the bus drivers in issuing transfers etc.! 

Ryan M Bertoldi
Ryan M Bertoldi

Ive been trying to figure out a way to make this possible for YEARS! YES

Klancy Kennedy
Klancy Kennedy

That's pretty damned awesome. it's great to see something relevant.

Elena Ilinskaya Larkins
Elena Ilinskaya Larkins

I need something like this at the airports!!! Especially, for transatlantic trips :))))

Eddie Lee
Eddie Lee

Plain oblivious that's me Jon Song

Danny Eiserloh
Danny Eiserloh

what about if an uber or lyft driver takes you to a motel?

Danny Zhou
Danny Zhou

A "this train will skip etc, etc stops" while underground and you're late again.

Jayanth Kannan
Jayanth Kannan

Cortana can do it as well, just ask her to remind you to wake up at a bus stop or tube stop

Crystal Meows
Crystal Meows

Catherine Ng Freda Zhen ohhhh google reads my mind

Rogério Paulo
Rogério Paulo

what? and loose all that random events that will happen in case you oversleep?

Joshua R. Simmons
Joshua R. Simmons

That's awesome. Now if only it could tell me when my boarding group comes up at the airport. IDK how but I seem to miss it like half the time!