Google is confident that its smart assistant will be able to proactively predict whether or not a flight might be delayed. The company on Monday announced that the latest feature being added to Google Assistant will be 85 percent accurate when it comes to predicting whether a user will experience delays in flight. This is an update that could not have arrived at a better time considering we are fast approaching the holiday season.
It is a prediction that is already being share by Google through Google Flights, but will potentially be added to Google Assistant anytime soon. 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?”
“And to make it easier to stay up-to-date on changes to your flight time, over the next few weeks the Assistant will begin proactively notifying you on your phone if we predict a flight delay and tell you the reason if we know it,” a blog post posted by Richard Holden Vice President, Product Management, Travel explained.
This very important update will be rolling out in a couple of days, and will potentially become a timely one considering the fact that the holiday season is already before us. It 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.
In other related news, Google is currently working with partners to change how you listen to news—it is actually exploring the future of audio news on Assistant with Google News. Everything is about to change—from the way you ask for news on the phone and the way news is being delivered to you throughout the day.
Going forward, news you get from Google Assistant will be powered by artificial intelligence—the same technology that powers the Google News app. According to Google, this will enable you to get access to quick, personalized audio news all through the day.
Google said it has collaborated with news giants like the Associated Press and South China Morning Post to develop its new system. The system, according to the company, built a new customized “playlist” every time your Assistant is asked to read the news. This will start with top headlines that Google thinks will be relevant to you. This will then be followed by a selection of a few longer, and more detailed stories—all selected by the Assistant. Stories and news will be selected based on your location, but you can ask Google to skip any story you don’t want to listen to.