8 Ways the Google Maps API Can Improve Your Ridesharing App

If you’re in the market for a Web mapping API and you’ve chosen to use Google Maps, I think you’ve made a smart choice. If you’re looking for tips on how to optimally implement Google Maps APITrack this API into your transportation app, such as a taxi or ridesharing service, then you’re in the right place. The following article will briefly discuss 7 helpful tips on how to make full use of the Google Maps API.

  1. Use the Places API or Geocoding API to locate customer.  Tap into the location capabilities of smartphones and browsers to allow customers to share their location. For iOS and Android the Places API Place Picker widget gives customers the ability to define their location from a list of nearby places. On the other hand, the Geocoding API locates customers based on the nearest relevant address.
  2. Make inputting addresses simpler. Dubbed the Autocomplete feature, the Places API offers search suggestions for locations. Autocomplete makes it quicker and easier for customers to input their location. This feature is available for Android, iOS, Javascript and as a Web service.
  3. Convey real-time traffic information. No one likes traffic, but we all like to know where it is, and how long it will last. Keep customers informed with the Directions API. The Directions API can provide real-time estimates of pick-up and drop-off times, optimal routes, and estimated fares all based on current traffic conditions.
  4. Find the closest driver. Employ Google’s Distance Matrix API to find the closest driver to your customer. The Distance Matrix API incorporates traffic conditions and other physical impediments to accurately estimate and locate the nearest driver based on driving time and distance.
  5. Display customer and driver locations. Google Maps can display the real-time locations of the driver and the customer to each other. This feature can aid in guiding both parties to one another but also allows for easier management of drivers.
  6. Improve distance measurements. Accurate distance measurements are vital in any transportation service. By combing location information with road network data, the Roads API can help to accurately assess where your driver is and where they have travelled.
  7. Manager driver safety. The Roads API functionality lets users determine the posted speed limits on any given road while also calculating the traveling speed of a driver. Both speeds can be compared to ascertain whether or not speeding occurred. 

We hope this article has helped to enhance your Google Maps experience. For further information on how to implement Google Maps, feel free to reference the Google Maps developer portal.

Original Article

Map Tips: Using the Google Maps APIs to book the perfect ride

John Piela