Hungry? Google Will Soon Show Restaurant Wait Times

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According to the company, the feature is rolling out soon on Google Search with Google Maps to follow.

People aren't always able to book ahead at a restaurant, and for travelers who may not have a specific place in mind, being able to see where it will be easiest to get a table, in, say, an hour, can simplify the decision-making process.

Is that restaurant on the corner going to make you wait 90 minutes for a table?

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. The feature will be deployed in Google Maps soon, too.

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Google is adding a new feature that provides estimated wait times for restaurants in search results. And this feature could theoretically be applied to the Apple store or Woolworths.

Users will find that directly below the graphed data showing popular times, Google will now show estimated wait times if you were to walk in the door at that very moment. Google announced Tuesday that it solved the problem of gauging wait times for service. The instant insight into wait times is part of a growing trend since Yelp and Nowait partnered earlier this year to deliver similar information.

As for where the data comes from, Google notes that wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, much like how it calculates popular times for millions of businesses beyond just restaurants.

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