Google Is Adding Restaurant Wait Times to Search Results

Google Will Now Tell You How Long the Wait Is at Your Favorite Restaurant

This was the same technology and methods and they used to construct the popular times and visit duration estimates.

Of course, wait times aren't just an issue at fine dining establishments. Google revealed today that Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at sit-down restaurants around the world. Now foodies can decide whether the chicken piccata is worth an hour wait or whether to plan ahead for another day to avoid a wait entirely.

Millions of people already use the search engine to find reviews before going out to eat and peak business times, and now many listings will also add live wait times. Users will also be able to click on a specific time to get estimated wait times for that period. The predictions are cobbled together using Google's cache of "anonymized historical data", the industry's trick for calculating popular times at businesses.

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One report suggests that wait time will become available for grocery stores by Thanksgiving. Uber Eats uses data and algorithms to determine order and delivery times for food, including the time it takes to search, order and park the vehicle to make the delivery.

Google says that this feature will soon launch for both Search and Maps, so it sounds like there's a little bit of a wait left (which is kind of ironic given the subject matter of this update). The feature was spotted comparing the Pixel 2 with the Apple iPhone X.

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