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08 November 2017, 02:02 | Clyde Nash
Google To Show Wait Times At Local Restaurants
The box shows the live or historical data labeled as "busy", "usually busy", "usually not busy", etc., along with the wait time. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants.
There's no word on when this feature will roll out, and we're also unsure if it will launch at the same time across Maps and Search.
Wait times on Google Search, and coming soon to Maps, will show those searching for a restaurant the estimated wait at eateries. The feature will be deployed in Google Maps soon, too. And this feature could theoretically be applied to the Apple store or Woolworths.
Search for a restaurant using Google, and you're already told the times of day at which a particular place is busiest.
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To see wait times, search a restaurant on Google, and scroll down to the Popular Times section of the page, which will show the estimated wait time at that moment.
Google's new restaurant wait times also comes from the aggregated and anonymized data from users who opted in to Google Location History - the same data that powers popular times, wait times and visit duration. This information is available if a person decides to scroll left or right through different days if you want to do some longer range planning to "beat the crowds".
Will you be booking a fancy night out using the new feature? Just a small algorithmic tweak could change the dynamic of a whole neighbourhood.
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