Airbnb and Google Maps unveil new summer travel tools

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If you’re thinking about escaping the hustle and bustle this summer, several apps are pushing new features that should make traveling a little easier or safer, but your mileage on each of them may vary depending on which routes you take and how you travel. are you flying alone.

Google Maps announced finally got fare display feature for both android and ios users. The toll is only available on 2,000 roads in the US, Japan, and Indonesia, although the company has promised that it will roll out to other countries “soon.”

The app shows the approximate price depending on whether you have a pass or not, the day of the week and the time you have to pass the toll. You will need to go to the app’s settings to change whether it shows you the price with or without tolls. The new feature was originally announced back in April. There probably some features of Google Maps it can make life easier if you are planning to travel this summer.

When we tried this app, we found that it showed fares for some roads from our New York office, but not others. The app showed fares for the Lincoln Tunnel going west towards Pennsylvania. No tolls were offered if you choose to drive over the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge while traveling north through the Bronx. Gizmodo turned to Google to ask was there a list of roads that were includedbut we did not immediately hear the answer.

On Monday, Airbnb also announced new app features for solo travelers. When making a booking, the app may send information about the location and itinerary of your stay to a trusted person. For those who book a room as an individual guest, the application offers a one-touch option to provide the date of arrival, departure and address of the accommodation.

In addition, the app should offer you options for questions you can ask hosts after the booking is confirmed. Hints appear in text and include questions about the area, whether other people will be in the area, and whether there will be help during the stay.

He accompanies many people who have chosen to travel alone in recent years, probably due to the extension of the quarantine due to the pandemic. companies news post said 26% of all nights booked in 2021 were booked by people traveling alone, while more than 50% of nights booked for long stays in the first quarter of this year were also booked alone.

So, with such an increase in the number of travelers and an abundance of listings on Airbnb (which reportedly outnumbered apartments in New York), these features may be more useful. IT HAS twitter user who goes @foxytaughtyou wrote on Sunday that she and a friend were staying at a Philadelphia Airbnb that had hidden cameras installed around the bedroom and bathroom. The user claimed that his attempts to contact the hosts went unanswered. In further messages, the user claimed that the listing had been removed. This was announced by a representative of the company independent that they suspended the host and removed the listing during the investigation…


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