|By Kramer Phillips | 3 years ago|
It was just last year that Google announced it was partnering with Uber, allowing users to hire Ubers directly through Google Maps. But now, according to 9to5 Google, that functionality is going away. Google quietly made the announcement on a support page, but provided no reason for removing direct integration between the Google Maps and Uber apps.
The previous functionality allowed users to “quickly map out a route, check prices, and complete the process of booking a ride completely within the Maps application.” Now, users will once again have to do one more step and open the Uber app after they have already found their route via Google Maps.
In place of a “book” button, users will now find a “request” button in Google Maps, which will then direct them to Uber to book their ride. You will still be able to plan your route and even check prices, just as before. Google is basically just making you take an extra step now to book your ride.
The reason for this change is unclear, and it is unknown at this time if it was Uber or Google who decided to make the change. One possible explanation is that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has “a stake in Uber’s biggest competition, Lyft.”