Google Assistant can now help book rides from Uber, Lyft, and others

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While this is not a relatively new idea, Google recently announced that its flagship digital assistant, Google Assistant, is now capable of booking ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft.

The ride estimate capability is available using the Assistant built in to Android smartphones, the Google Assistant iOS app, Google Home smart devices, and other smart speakers which offer the Assistant.

Google Assistant will now allow users to search for rides across destinations, and even book a cab/bike through the service.

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Google Assistant can now order ride-sharing options and taxis for users, according to a Thursday blog post from Google.

There are two ways on how to book ridesharing services through Google Assistant. If you prefer to use one service over another, you can simply ask Google to "book an Uber ride" to your destination, and you'll only be given pricing and wait times for that service.

Google Assistant is now capable of booking rides from numerous most popular ride-sharing services.

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Once you get the list of rideshare services, all you need to do is tap on your preferred service, and if you have the app installed on your phone, it'll open up. Google said that this new feature will be activated on Thursday.

Prior to this update, Google Assistant would automatically open up Google Maps when asked for cab details. Siri can hail you an Uber on your iPhone (but no Lyft yet). Ride requests are available first in English and any country where the ride-hail companies operate with more languages to come.

Google are continually expanding the functionality of Google Assistant and today have done just that with Google Assistant now able to book a ride with some ride sharing services.

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