Google Search and Maps to add wait time info for restaurants

Google announced today an enhancement to the information they provide on restaurants that will be available in results from Google Search and Google Maps. When looking up restaurants, users can currently get information on popular times displayed as a histogram. Google is adding new detail with information about actual wait times and projected wait times to help hungry consumers plan their visits for a bite to eat.

Users will find that directly below the graphed data showing popular times, Google will now show estimated wait times if you were to walk in the door at that very moment. Users will also be able to tap on any of the bars in the chart to get information on the estimated wait time. This information is available if a person decides to scroll left or right through different days if you want to do some longer range planning to “beat the crowds.”

Google says they are using anonymous historical data to build the wait time estimates. This was the same technology and methods and they used to construct the popular times and visit duration estimates. Although not specified, this likely involves some activity and location tracking data being collected by Google from user’s smartphones.

Google did not indicate this is a feature on the way, so presumably it has already started to roll out to users in a phased manner.

source: Google

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • klingercrazy

    I would like to see speed limits on maps while I am driving

    • vice

      You should know the speed limit wherever you go if you have a driving license. Otherwise you are not eligible to drive on your own.

      • klingercrazy

        Ok, driving out of your normal area… No speed limit sign posted for miles… Interstates are well posted but others aren’t. No matter how good a driver you are, you can’t compensate for lack of signage. Plus I Drive for a living so I think I know quite a bit about it.