Google Search, Maps give users wait times for restaurants

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The current estimated wait time will show automatically when accessing the restaurant's Google listing, alongside a bar graph which shows the average wait time by hour based on live and historical data Google explained in a blog post that the new box will help those looking to book a table while also avoiding busier times of the day. Google revealed today that Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at sit-down restaurants around the world. For example, anyone trying to grocery shop at Whole Foods early this Tuesday morning are in luck. By scrolling, you can also see how wait times vary on a day-to-day and hour-by-hour basis.

Planning an impromptu trip to nearby restaurant as a special treat, but also anxious that you'll have to wait hours for your food to arrive? There you'll see the estimated wait time at that very moment.

Google says the feature is hitting Search first, then will arrive on Maps not long after that.

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Google already uses this data to show you when a restaurant will get busy through the "Popular Times" section on each restaurant listing.

There's no word on when this feature will roll out, and we're also unsure if it will launch at the same time across Maps and Search. Google predicts it will be able to offer these wait times for nearly a million restaurants worldwide when the update is completed. This anonymized data is taken from people who agree to be tracked via the Google Location History feature that the company uses to target people with better recommendations based on places they have visited. Scrolling left or right will provide a summary of each day's wait times below the hour bars. Just a small algorithmic tweak could change the dynamic of a whole neighbourhood.

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