Public transport is the circulatory system in an urban area and there is a better choice for the planet than driving your own vehicle. But let's face it: no one wants to handle late buses and crowded subways. Now, Google will warn you of these issues.
An update to Google Maps that rolls out today brings live traffic updates for buses. Although Google provides delay information in some cities, it now uses its traffic data to estimate bus arrival times. It will also show you possible delays along the route to your destination as well.
If you come on the subway instead, Google will now include overflow forecasting, so you know what to do with entering the train platform. The updates are in real time, so you want to know if you might want to wait a bit for the next train to arrive.
Of course, if you are someone who regularly needs to take public transport to work or otherwise, Google tells you "hello, the subway is going to be crowded, "probably won't be widely used. Nevertheless, you will at least be prepared.
The new features roll out to iOS and Android devices today. For more information on trends in different cities, check out Google's blog post here.