As you saw in the video above Google Maps is revolutionizing the way we experience dining out. According to Esquire, this feature has been available on desktop since November. That said, few people use their desktop nowadays, let alone when traveling. That's why when Google Maps rolled-out their new iOS update this week, users took notice.
The update (version 4.47) includes an impressive breakdown of average restaurant wait times. The information, as pictured in the video above is placed under an hour-by-hour graph. The option for real time updates is available, at the restaurant's discretion. According to the Daily Express, the feature is currently available in New York, Hong Kong, Taipei, Paris, Los Angeles, Delhi, Moscow, Singapore, Madrid, Barcelona, Kiev, and Budapest, with other cities around the world planned for the future.
Of course, this feature isn't meant to replace calling up and making a reservation. That will always be the safest way to ensure being seated quickly. However, this is definitely a good tool to utilize if you're feeling spontaneous with a group of friends/family. Additionally, the update will offer insight on how much time diners generally spend there. Why is this important?
Well, say you're going out for a romantic dinner with your girlfriend, you don't want to take her to a restaurant where patrons are darting in and out, right? Contrary to that, if you're heading out of the office for a quick business lunch, you don't want to go somewhere where people dine on average for two hours. The amount of time someone spends at a restaurant is a good way to gauge the overall service/ambience.