Taking an unexpected move, Google has removed Uber’s integration from its Maps. Previously, Google has had the ability to book Uber rides, show price estimates and pickup wait time to Uber riders for a while. Uber gained the ability to book the ride through Google Maps back in January 2017, which has now come to an end with Google’s decision of removing the integration for the same. However, the giant has not explained any reason on why it is removing the integration from the Maps.
Google’s step to take the ride-hailing app down from its Maps has taken Uber to the line of other apps including Lyft and Gett. Although the Uber integration has been removed, the Maps will show the estimated cost for the rides to the users but to book a ride, users will have to go to the app only.
One possible reason may be Alphabet’s huge investment in Lyft. The updated message on Google Maps reads as “you can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps. But you can still look up the route in the Maps app and then request the ride from the Uber app.” The feature is not available for the iOS users also and it seems like the feature is gone for the good. Neither Google nor Uber has circulated any official statement on the issue. There is no news if the Uber booking will ever be made available on the Maps, as the Google has already updated its support page to reflect the change.
Here is how you can book a ride via Google Maps:
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