Last week, Google Flights revealed a new baggage allowance feature and this week, it has revealed that it has improved its flight tracking capabilities. The flight search engine will now notify users of the possibility of a delay and if possible, Google Assistant will offer a reason for this delay.
Last week, it was announced that Google Flights unveiled a new baggage allowance feature, one which enables travelers to refine their flight searches by specific amounts of luggage. With less than a week to go until the peak festive travel season, it has also been revealed that the flight search engine has made some further refinements to the engine’s flight tracking capabilities, Thurrott reports.
Writing in a blog post, Richard Holden, vice president, product management, travel, offered his insight on the improvements to the search engine.
“With the holidays approaching, many of us will travel to see family or go on a vacation. Whether you’re heading out of town over the next few weeks or starting to think about a trip in the new year, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tools to help make travel just a little bit easier,” he said.
Holden added, “Earlier this year, we started sharing flight delay predictions when you search for your flight status and we’re 85 percent confident that the flight will eventually be delayed. We use historic flight status data combined with machine learning to make these predictions in advance of airlines confirming delays.”
“To help with the increase in delayed flights this time of year, the Google Assistant now shows you predicted flight delays, too. You can ask things like, “Hey Google, is my flight on time?” or “Hey Google, what’s the status of the American Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Denver?” he explained.
As if this improvement wasn’t enough, in his post, Holden also writes that the Google Assistant will now begin offering notifications to users regarding delays and, if known, provide the reason behind them.