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Google Search and Maps to add wait time info for restaurants

08 November 2017

It has been nearly a year since Google began showing their Popular Times feature in Google Search and Maps, so today, they are adding an additional bit of information to it.

The new feature expands on Google showing consumers looking to change their oil and get their hair cut how busy local businesses typically are.

The search giant debuted a new tool on Tuesday that lets people see the wait times at nearby restaurants.

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FoodAndWine.com is also reporting Google will add similar functionality for wait times at grocery stores to help avoid the most congested supermarkets when picking up turkey and stuffing. All of these wait time estimates are extracted from anonymized historical data. There you'll see the estimated wait time at that very moment.

Google says that this feature will soon launch for both Search and Maps, so it sounds like there's a little bit of a wait left (which is kind of ironic given the subject matter of this update).

For over a couple of years now, Google has been leveraging data from Google Maps' install base to deliver these sorts of insights. And by tapping on any of the hour bars, you'll see the estimated wait for that time period. The information will be available for almost 1 million sit-down restaurants around the globe.

Google Search and Maps to add wait time info for restaurants