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Google Maps now tells consumers how busy stores are in real time – Business Insider

Google Maps now boasts the ability to show users the lines and wait times in and outside of restaurants and stores in real-time, reports ZDNet. Google leveraged its existing technology, which tells users the busiest times in cafes, bars, restaurants, and stores based on historical visit data. This type of service could be highly advantageous, as it would appeal to both consumers looking for the best times to visit a store and businesses evaluating when they need the most staff on hand.

Key Takeaways:

  • Google leveraged its existing technology, which tells users the busiest times in cafes, bars, restaurants, and stores based on historical visit data.
  • Users input how long they waited and overall store traffic so that shoppers can look at Google Maps and see store traffic in real time.
  • The use of mobile phones to collect data on store lines represents an interesting new use case for smartphones.

“Google leveraged its existing technology, which tells users the busiest times in cafes, bars, restaurants, and stores based on historical visit data.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-maps-now-tells-consumers-how-busy-stores-are-in-real-time-2016-11