Google Maps for iPhone and iPad makes it easier to hail a cab

Google Maps has been updated with a couple of new, handy features like the ability to easily hail a taxi from the app and integration with Spotlight Search. Perhaps the biggest feature addition is that of the ride services tab, which gives you an easy way to check fare estimates and order a ride to your destination. While those in the U.S. will get ride estimates from Uber, a number of other services like 99Taxis, Hailo and MyTaxi will appear in select countries around the globe.

Here's the breakdown of everything that's new in Google Maps version 4.17:

  • New dedicated ride services tab. In select countries, compare pickup times and prices of Uber, 99Taxis, Ola Cabs, Hailo, MyTaxi and Gett
  • Use Spotlight Search to find your saved places, and places you recently looked at in Google Maps
  • Save your driving, walking and bicycling route options
  • Bug fixes

If your interest is piqued, you can grab the latest version of Google Maps from the App Store link below and start comparing ride times and fares.

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