Google Is Adding Restaurant Wait Times to Search Results

Google announced today an enhancement to the information they provide on restaurants that will be available in results from Google Search and Google Maps.

The new feature expands on Google showing consumers looking to change their oil and get their hair cut how busy local businesses typically are. There you'll see the estimated wait time at that very moment. Google gathers this information from aggregated and anonymized data from users who allow Google to track their location using Google apps on their phones or other devices. Google predicts it will be able to offer these wait times for nearly a million restaurants worldwide when the update is completed. And by tapping on any of the hour bars, you'll see the estimated wait for that time period. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants.

The new wait time feature will be supported on almost a million sit-down restaurant listings worldwide, initially in Google Search.

This particular feature has been a nice addition for Google Search, and with the inclusion of restaurants should go a long way to helping visitors.

The company also appears to be rolling out wait time listings for grocery stores, which shows how long it will take for customers to check out, according to a company support page.

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