Google to Estimate Wait Times for Local Restaurants

08 November, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Marie Harrington
  • Google Will Now Tell You How Long the Wait Is at Your Favorite Restaurant

But unlike Google, NoWait also lets you put your name on the list for those restaurants that don't take reservations.

Estimating the wait time for a table at a restaurant seems anything but a science. The information will be added to the Google Maps app in the near future. A new update to Google Search - and Maps is to follow - means you'll be able to see estimated wait times as well. And this feature could theoretically be applied to the Apple store or Woolworths.

The wait times will be granular as well, you can see the current wait times, or if you want to visit later you can get an estimate of how long the wait time will be at that time. Similar to the busy times, a bar graph will show you the busiest times.

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In order to see the new estimated wait times, you'll simply tap on the hour bars in the Popular Times section, as can be seen in the image above. Moreover, summaries of each day's wait times can be pulled up by scrolling through the results.

In this modern age, it seems like nearly all technological advances have a privacy trade-off.

Search for a restaurant using Google, and you're already told the times of day at which a particular place is busiest. But it will be interesting to see if it has ripple effects. This will be rolling out as part of the popular times feature, which has been available in Maps and Search for quite some time. Just a small algorithmic tweak could change the dynamic of a whole neighbourhood.

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