Google to soon predict flight delays on smartphones

By Anuj Sharma - December 19, 2018
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You can also ask things like, 'Hey Google, is my flight on time?' or 'Hey Google, what's the status of the Emirates flight from Dubai to New York.’ ....

Harnessing flight status data combined with Machine Learning (ML), Google Assistant will soon tell you, if your flight would be delayed even before the airline announces it. Assistant will notify users on phones when its algorithms predict that their flights would be late.

"Earlier this year, we started sharing flight delay predictions (via Google Flight) when you search for your flight status and we're 85 per cent 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," Google said in a blog post.

You can also ask things like, 'Hey Google, is my flight on time?' or 'Hey Google, what's the status of the Emirates flight from Dubai to New York.’

"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," the company added.

Earlier this month, Google along with publishers from around the world—including The Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, Universo Online and the South China Morning Post has built a prototype that brings the artificial intelligence of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant.

“This new experience will bring you an audio news playlist assembled in that moment, for you. It starts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, and extends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories,” said Liz Gannes, Product Manager, News, Google.

At any point in your day when you want to listen to the latest news—as a morning wake-up, during your commute, or while jogging—the Google Assistant will be ready with new stories and updates to the ones you’ve already heard. Plus, using your voice, you can easily ask the Google Assistant to skip a story, go back or stop.

 

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