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Airbnb and Google Maps introduce new tools for summer travel

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If you’re planning to escape the monotony this summer, several apps have new features that should make traveling a bit easier or safer, but your mileage on each may vary depending on the routes you take and whether you’re flying in. solo.

Google Maps announcement it had finally introduced a feature to display toll prices for Android and iOS users. Toll rates are only available on 2,000 routes in the US, Japan and Indonesia, although the company has promised other countries “coming soon”.

The app displays the estimated price based on whether or not you have a pass, the day of the week, and the time you are supposed to pass the toll. You’ll need to go to the app’s settings to change whether it shows you the price with or without a toll pass. The new feature was originally announced in April. There is probably some features of Google Maps it could make your life easier if you plan to travel this summer.

When we tried the app, we found that it showed toll prices for some roads leading from our office to New York, but not others. The app showed the toll price for the Lincoln Tunnel going west toward Pennsylvania. It didn’t offer a toll price if you decided to take the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge when traveling north through the Bronx. Gizmodo contacted Google to ask if there was a list of routes includedbut we did not have an immediate response.

Airbnb also announced new app features for solo travelers on Monday. When booking, the app can send a trusted contact the location and itinerary of your stay. For those booking as a solo guest, the app promotes a “one-touch” capability to share arrival, departure date and property address.

Additionally, the app should give you suggested questions you can ask hosts after the booking is confirmed. Prompts appear in text and include questions about the neighborhood, whether there will be other people there, and whether help will be available during the stay.

It accompanies a wave of people who have decided to travel alone in recent years, likely due to prolonged pandemic quarantines. From the company news post said 26% of all nights booked in 2021 were from people going alone, while more than 50% of nights booked for long-term stays in the first quarter of this year were also going alone.

So, with this growth in the number of travelers and the wave of Airbnb listings (which would be more numerous apartments in New York), these features might be more useful. A twitter user who goes by @foxytaughtyou wrote on Sunday that she and a friend stayed at an Airbnb in Philadelphia that had hidden cameras posted around the bedroom and bathroom. The user claimed that when he tried to contact the hosts, there was no response. In other posts, the user claimed that the listing had been taken down. A company spokesperson said The Independent that they had suspended the host and removed the listing while investigating the report.

Although that leaves the question of why this security feature is only available to solo travelers. When asked if the company has plans to expand the feature, an Airbnb spokesperson said: “Right now, we’re focused on developing and improving this feature for customers. solo travellers, then we’ll look at whether this is a concept we can extend to other types of travellers.

The feature is initially only available to English-speaking customers, but the company wrote that it will introduce the feature to more countries and languages ​​over time, and will eventually expand to entire home listings.

“We hope this new product better equips solo travelers on Airbnb to be more informed travelers by getting their questions answered before travel, giving them a better understanding of their surroundings, and letting important people know. in their lives of where they will be and for how long,” the company wrote.

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