Google Assistant now helps you compare ride-hailing prices and summon a car

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After announcing some updates to the Google Assistant user experience yesterday, today Google is rolling out a new way of booking rides with your voice — or at least getting most of the way there. Starting this week, you’ll be able to say “Hey Google, book a ride to” or “Hey Google, get me a taxi to” your destination.

Assistant will then respond by listing off price estimates and current wait times for Uber, Lyft, Ola, Grab, GO-JEK, “and many more” ride-hailing apps, according to Google. You can avoid the longer list and specify your preferred service by using its name when requesting a ride. This works on Android, iPhone, Google Home, and all other smart speakers that have Assistant built in. Support for smart displays is coming soon.

Previously, Assistant would kick you over to Google Maps for this info, as it already lists these price estimates for the services. Now it’s basically just surfacing that same information right in the Assistant window.

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But ultimately, you’ll still need to pull out your phone to finalize things and get a car headed your way through that company’s respective app.

Google says the new ride requests will be available “first in English and any country where one of our supported ride service partners operate. We plan to expand to more languages in the coming months.”

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant also supports Uber hailing, and it lets you actually summon a car without requiring any confirmation with your smartphone. But reviews on how well the skill works are pretty mixed.

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Ah, I was about to say it already does it but, as it says, it does it through Maps.
Siri also does it on iPhone BTW.

Too bad it’s not available on WearOS yet. Quickly grabbing a ride through a watch seems like one of the most convenient use cases.

This would actually be useful if it compared Lyft and Uber in the same list. I’m sure Uber and Lyft wouldn’t have a problem with that at all though /s

It actually does compare them. I just tested it for a quote to my local airport. Listed both Lyft and Uber quotes from my location. Lyft was cheaper, btw…

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