In today’s world, it is pretty annoying for anyone to have to wait in a queue. Especially if you are hungry and want to grab a bite, Google’s upcoming feature can surely help you.
The company announced today that they will soon roll out a new feature to Google Search, followed by Google Maps, that will show you the estimated wait times for area restaurants. It will show you how long you’ll have to wait to get a seat at a restaurant at any particular hour. You can also check to see wait times for other days in the week. The company also says that it’ll have wait times for nearly a million sit-down restaurants around the world.
To access the feature, search for the restaurant on Google. Then open the business listing, and a Popular Times section will be displayed with an estimated wait in real time. You can also tap on any hour on the bar graph to see how long the wait will be for that period, in case you want to plan ahead for dinner.
Google results are created using “anonymized historical data” which is how it calculates wait times for businesses like museums and grocery stores. 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.
However this feature is not something new. Online business listing company Yelp also has a similar wait time feature. They inherited through their $40 million acquisition of online reservation company NoWait in March.
Google did not clarify whether the restaurant wait feature is internationally or to major metropolitan cities. The company said that the service includes “all your favorite restaurants,” but it did not specify what that means. They previously introduced search cards that show the busiest times for businesses and public places back in 2015. It also introduced the feature to bars last year.