Google Maps adds Uber integration and a new UI for ride options

Google Maps users, a new update is now coming your way. Simply sign into an existing Uber account on Google Maps (or create one), and then start booking rides, tracking your driver, and more, all from within the navigation app.

The Google Maps update actually shows you where your vehicle is, compared to the older version that merely offered a link to launch the app in another window. Now, the app offers a look at your local map on top, and a carousel UI for the various ride service options you can choose from. The difference is that now when you select one of the Uber options you'll no longer be whisked away to the Uber app. On January 12, Google announced the ability for users to book a ride with Uber (or another ride provider) directly from Google Maps.

Today's update also brings deeper Uber integration.

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Uber takes things a step further, as it has struck a deal with Google for users to book Uber rides from directly within the Google Maps app. Google Ventures, now called GV within the Alphabet umbrella, made an early investment in Uber in 2013.

This year, the rides interface on Android and iOS is getting a revamp, as well as direct Uber integration that allows you to book and pay for rides without leaving Maps. In fact, you wouldn't even need to have the Uber app installed on your phone in order to use the ridesharing service.