Google Assistant gets integrated into Maps with ability to plan your next flight

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Credit: https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/08/google-assistant-gets-flight-check-in-feature-and-maps-integration/

Google Assistant can only get smarter—the smart assistant already boasts of features that make life easy and comfortable for every user. Google is already seeing to it that its powerful smart assistant does not fall back on its promise to change the way things are being done in the home front. To help you plan your next trip, reply popular messaging apps like Messages, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, Google Assistant has just been upgraded with some cool new features.

Actually not the first integration with Maps, but the newly added features will make the combo [Assistant and Maps] even smarter—especially for Android users. Typical with Google as the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the company has officially announced series of upgrades. Your Google Assistant can now help to check in for your next flight as well as get you a boarding pass. The powerful assistant has now been upgraded with the ability of sending you a reminder or better still, you can simply say “Hey Google, check in to my flight.” What makes this even more interesting is the fact that there is no need to provide a confirmation number or further information.

This service, according to VentureBeat, will be available first with United Airlines flights within the United States in the next couple of days.

Added to the aforementioned feature, Google Maps users with Android devices will be able to ask Google Assistant to read out messages and enable hands-free reply messages with popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and SMS.

A couple of weeks ago, Google expressed confidence that its smart assistant will be able to proactively predict whether or not a flight might be delayed. The company announced that a feature being added to Google Assistant will be 85 percent accurate when it comes to predicting whether a user will experience delays in flight.

It is a prediction that is already being shared by Google through Google Flights, but has been added to Google Assistant. If you an Assistant user, you can ask “Hey Google, is my flight on time” or “what’s the status of the American Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Denver?” The new feature will help you to make alternative arrangement ahead of any potential flight cancellation—which is one of the best ways to plan a trip.

Google will be relying on a combination of machine learning with historic flight status data to make its prediction. While its predictions may not always be accurate, the fact that the Google will be relying on history to arrive at its prediction makes the company to believe that its confidence rate can be as high as 85 percent. Wherever and whenever possible, you will get among other information, reasons for flight delays, and many more.


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