Google gives directions to Sydney siders

Getting directions on public transport will be easier because of a partnership between Google and the NSW Government to create an addition to Google Maps.

The data containing the public transport information has been modified into a format helping to prompt future third party developers.

Transport for NSW is working on this ongoing public transport project to create future updates including real-time updates, locations of car parks, bike racks and lockers.

Sydney will be joining other international cities using this public transport application such as London, New York and Hong Kong.

Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian said the government will talk to any developer wanting to use the data to help customers and increase passenger turnout.

Ms Berejiklian said more people are using the internet and mobile phones to help them plan journeys.

However, the public transport of Google Maps complements the Transport Info website tool for information about trackwork and unscheduled interruptions.

“At this stage public transport information will be updated to Google each week,” she said.

“We also see this as an opportunity to attract new customers – with Google in NSW receiving almost 1 million location searches every day, we expect the tool to encourage people who don’t normally use public transport to give it a try,” Mr Berejiklian said.

Google Australia engineering director Alan Noble said locals and tourists exploring greater metropolitan Sydney will benefit from the public transport addition.

“This is an important addition to Google Maps as our goal is to give people as much information as possible on how to get to their destination,” Mr Noble said.

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