Asleep on the train? Google Now can wake you up before your stop

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 9, 2014

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If you ever had to commute by train, subway, or bus late in the evening or – oh, the humanity – very early in the morning, you might be familiar with the horrible feeling of waking up to the realization that you dozed your way pass your get off station.

Google Now already learns your daily routes, so wouldn’t it be helpful if the service could give you a gentle nudge when your usual stop is next? It seems that Google Now can do that right now, as spotted by the folks at Android Police.

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The functionality looks pretty simple – when the phone determines you are approaching your station, an alarm will go off, hopefully waking you up from your nap or bout of daydreaming. The feature could also be useful if you like to dive into your device and seal yourself off from the world while commuting, so you don’t have to keep looking at what stop you are.

It looks that the feature requires you to manually set the alarm, so you won’t get an annoying wakeup call every time you take the bus or train.

  • MasterMuffin

    Perfect way to annoy people in train. Especially in Japan people would look at you pretty angrily :)

    • AJ Aquino

      Even better.

  • *Sigh! just when we think people are too much dependent on devices, gotta miss the good old days when we could strike up a conversation with a fellow passenger(hopefully a lass)regarding the destination and other things, now they are glued to their mobiles

    • AbbyZFresh

      That’s soooooo 20th Century. Time to move on gramps.

    • AudioInjectedSoul

      Finally I don’t have to talk to fellow passengers so I can rather converse with people I care about through my device :)

  • Paul Brocklehurst

    it used to do this when you selected the public transport/transit option in Maps, but the functionality for real-time (public transport) nav was bizarrely removed when they launched ‘new’ Maps.

    • Wilson D

      Agree what happen to that… I remember I once took the bus to somewhere I didn’t know and Google map could tell me every stop but now it doesn’t show

  • Jayfeather787

    This is a handy feature. That I will never use :P

    • AbbyZFresh

      You obviously live in the suburbs with a car. City people like me that take public transportation from a hard day’s work need this feature.

      • Jayfeather787

        I know. I understand that, it is a very useful feature. I do like in the suburbs with a car, though, so I simply don’t need it. That’s all.

      • Chirag Jain

        it’s the other way round here in Mumbai,India.People in suburbs use public transportation more than city area people

  • Hahaha cool!