Google is now using AI to inform you well ahead of time of possible flight delays. The company made this known on Wednesday as it rolled out new updates to its Google Flights service.
Not only will Google give you more information on flight delays, it will also inform you on causes of departure delays, and predict if a delay may happen before your airline gets to inform you. To get this information, simply search your flight number or route and airline. As a matter of fact, the info will appear in your search result.
Google will use AI to predict possible delays—relying on historic reasons for those delays:
“Flights already shows delays, and now we’re sharing reasons for those delays and delay predictions too.” Google said today in a blog post. “Using historic flight status data, our machine learning algorithms can predict some delays even when this information isn’t available from airlines yet—and delays are only flagged when we’re at least 80% confident in the prediction. We still recommend getting to the airport with enough time to spare, but hope this information can manage expectations and prevent surprises.”
Last month, Google started displaying tips under your search results to enable you plan your flights. This is especially useful when you are running on a budget. The tips include information on when to book flights, possibility of whether or not prices will drop further or remain the way it is, among others.
When you search for a hotel on Google, a new tip will appear above your results when room rates are unusually on the high side, or if the area is busier that normal due to a holiday, music festival, or others. Using machine learning, it helps you to avoid dates when those big conferences are scheduled and prices tend to be on the high side.
If you decide to wait and see if prices will drop, Google will send you email alerts; but not until you have opted into Hotel Price Tracking on your phone.
In other news, the search engine giant last week rolled out more options to mute ads that usually stalk you. Google wants you to have greater control over those annoying ads that stalk you everywhere you go online. It goes without a say that some ads can be so annoying they show up in the least expected places.
Sometimes we are faced with such scenario—as a matter of fact, it happens every other day. Why would a shopping site continue to stalk you even when you have already chosen another product?
Useful as those ads might be, it’s so annoying when you keep seeing them on every website you go even when you no longer need them. A new control, according to Google, has now been added to Ads Settings to enable you mute those annoying reminders
Go to your Ads Settings, turn ads personalization on or off any time you wish to. Once this is done, you can see information about reminder ads and control that advertizers can show you these ads.