Google Search and Maps to add wait time info for restaurants

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Millions of people already use the search engine to find reviews before going out to eat and peak business times, and now many listings will also add live wait times. Google revealed today that Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at sit-down restaurants around the world.

For over a couple of years now, Google has been leveraging data from Google Maps' install base to deliver these sorts of insights.

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Google Search is a quick way to get information on businesses, especially if you want to check to see how busy a place might be before you're able to pop in for a visit yourself. Google predicts it will be able to offer these wait times for nearly a million restaurants worldwide when the update is completed. You can also see a summary of each days wait times so you can try to go at a quieter time.

With the addition, Google is at least partly challenging existing apps like NoWait, which is handy for seeing restaurant wait times. Similar to the busy times, a bar graph will show you the busiest times. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants.

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Google premiered a new feature Tuesday that could save you from standing in line for groceries or being shunned by the host at your favorite restaurant.

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