Enlarge / Headquarters of car-sharing know-how firm Uber within the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco, California, October 13, 2017.

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Again in January 2017, Google and Uber teamed as much as put a cool function in Google Maps: You might seek for, ebook, and pay for an Uber all straight from Google Maps. You did not even want the Uber app put in. Now, 18 months later, the function is lifeless. Google posted a brand new help web page (first noticed by Android Police) that flatly states, “You may not ebook Uber rides straight in Google Maps.”

The function would have you ever seek for a location in Google Maps and ask for instructions like regular, however as a substitute of selecting strolling, driving, biking, or mass transit instructions, a tab for ride-sharing would mean you can ebook a experience straight. The ride-sharing tab nonetheless exists, however as a substitute of reserving an Uber, it simply provides you an estimate and gives to kick you out to the Uber app.

Regardless of the ride-sharing tab supporting 17 totally different companies, Uber was the one one that allow you to pay for a experience and full your journey all inside Google Maps. It isn’t identified why Google and Uber have determined to finish this system. Perhaps not sufficient folks used the function, possibly Uber determined it could relatively have folks use its personal app, or possibly the tumultuous relationship between Uber and Google has manifested itself. Both means, if you would like a experience share whereas taking a look at Google Maps, you will now should open a second app.

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