When it comes to travel plans, I've found myself increasingly turning to Google solutions to make things easier, especially the combination of Google Flights, Google Trips, and Google Assitant. As travel ramps up for the holidays, Google has added a new feature to Assistant which can predict flight delays with 85% confidence, making me even more likely to turn to their offerings.
Earlier this year, we started sharing flight delay predictions when you search for your flight status, and we're 85% 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?"
And to make it easier to stay up-to-date on changes to your flight time, over the next few weeks, the Assistant will begin proactively notifying you on your phone if we predict a flight delay and tell you the reason if we know it.
Granted, maybe not everyone likes the idea of feeding all their travel information into Google, but for those of you who are comfortable with letting Google handle that info, the stuff they offer is really compelling. Not since BlackBerry Travel have I ever felt as though I was getting the information I needed at the speed I wanted it, and additions like this mean I'm likely to stick to using Google when planning trips. Do you use any of the Google apps to help you plan or get through trips? Let me know in the comments.
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