Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Google Search and Maps to add wait time info for restaurants

Google Search and Maps to add wait time info for restaurants

The feature is rolling out to Search - and soon to Maps as well, will show you the wait times at almost a million sit-down restaurants around the world.

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Google Search is a quick way to get information on businesses, especially if you want to check to see how busy a place might be before you're able to pop in for a visit yourself. Although not specified, this likely involves some activity and location tracking data being collected by Google from user's smartphones.

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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. Now though, in a development we can't believe didn't happen sooner, Google will show you the wait times of almost a million sit-down restaurants around the world. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants. You can also plan ahead by tapping on any of the hour bars to see an estimated wait for that time period, and can scroll left and right to see a summary of the day's total waiting times. In addition, Google will tell you how long people typically spend at the restaurant. Similar to the busy times, a bar graph will show you the busiest times. And up next, says Google: Grocery stores.

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