Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google Search and Maps to show wait times for restaurants

Now a new live counter will give users an estimated time they'd have to wait to get a seat.

The often unnoticed alternative placed just next to the "Google Search" one, the "I'm feeling lucky" feature, have a quite expensive background story, at least for the company.

The search giant is working on a new feature that will show the expected wait times at the restaurants worldwide in its search results and on Google Maps. And by tapping on any of the hour bars, you'll see the estimated wait for that time period. Clear moral: sometimes, pretending to be an egghead can be expensive, and that's why Google wants to ease stuff for you when having nice time eating outside. Well, these wait time estimates are based on feedback provided by anonymised Google users, who are willing to take the time to pass their dining experiences on to Google. These times are shown on the basis of when it gets visits from users. The information will be added to the Google Maps app in the near future. In the case of restaurants, Google will now include a pop-up box that appears when you click on a time frame in the popular times' chart. Well, Google comes to your rescue with its newly announced wait-time feature. The feature is also available in India. It is updated in real time and overlaid on the popular time's graph in pink color. That leaves most of us with a choice to make: Roll the dice and hope the wait isn't too long or hope you hit the joint during a lull, right when a table opens up.

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