Google Search and Maps Now Show You Estimated Wait Times at Restaurants

08 November, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Pamela Mathis

Diners will soon have a new tool to balance hunger and patience when Google adds a new feature to help dodge long wait times at popular NY restaurants.

The new feature expands on Google showing consumers looking to change their oil and get their hair cut how busy local businesses typically are. This anonymized data is taken from people who agree to be tracked via the Google Location History feature that the company uses to target people with better recommendations based on places they have visited. Here, you'll see the estimated wait time for the current time, as well as for other time periods.

With the addition, Google is at least partly challenging existing apps like NoWait, which is handy for seeing restaurant wait times.

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Now, says Google, diners can click on a time frame and see live or historical data on how busy a restaurant is expected to be and the estimated wait time. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants.

To see an average wait time, tap on a restaurant's business page.

Google says this feature will be rolled out to almost a million sit-down restaurants around the world. Moreover, summaries of each day's wait times can be pulled up by scrolling through the results.

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