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Google Maps massively expands its mass transit crowd-reporting service


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Jim Salter
Jul 21
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SOURCE: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/07/google-maps-massively-expands-its-mass-transit-crowd-reporting-service/
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Summary

Google is expanding that 200-city initial rollout to (eventually) over 10,000 transit agencies in 100 countries, according to today's announcement."We apply world-class anonymization technology and differential privacy techniques to Location History Data to make sure your data remains private and secure," the announcement declares—although we must point out that attempts to anonymize location data frequently fail.Google says its mass transit crowd reporting lets users know whether their transit line is likely to "have lots of open seats, hit full capacity, or be anywhere or in between," letting users make a more informed decision about whether to "hop on board or wait for another train." In New York and Sydney, the program is piloting even deeper information, offering live crowdedness information "right down to the transit car level." Today's announcement also notes that across the USA, mass transit is less crowded after morning rush hour and prior to evening rush hour—information unlikely to surprise anyone who uses mass transit regularly.Maps is also upgrading its Timeline feature to include mass transit travel history, letting users know how much time they've spent and distance they've traveled via mass transit, walking, driving, and more.

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