Google Search and Maps to add wait time info for restaurants

Above Popular Times

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). The box shows the live or historical data labeled as "busy", "usually busy", "usually not busy", etc., along with the wait time.

People can also check to see wait times for other days in the week. This anonymized data is taken from people who agree to be tracked via the Google Location History feature that the company uses to target people with better recommendations based on places they have visited.

For a while now, Google Search has displayed a "popular times" widget for various businesses which could give a vague idea of whether you'd have to wait for a table at a restaurant, or if that one bar will be so crowded you won't be able to breathe. Google announced Tuesday that it solved the problem of gauging wait times for service.

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The new wait time feature will be supported on almost a million sit-down restaurant listings worldwide, initially in Google Search.

In this modern age, it seems like nearly all technological advances have a privacy trade-off. Their latest feature will be showing you wait times at restaurants. Yes, it's an opt-in feature, and yes, you've probably opted-in, because it makes Maps and Search a lot more useful. This will be rolling out as part of the popular times feature, which has been available in Maps and Search for quite some time.

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