- Soon, Google Assistant will be able to deliver you flight delay information — before the delay even occurs.
- Google uses machine learning to make the delay predictions, which it delivers with an 85 percent confidence rate.
- You can already get these predictions from Google Flights and other apps, but now you can just ask Assistant for the info.
No one likes flight delays. As much as we wish they wouldn’t happen, they will, and there’s not much we can do about it.
However, Google can lessen the blow of a flight delay by using machine learning to predict when the delay might occur. Soon, you’ll be able to use Google Assistant to access this predictive information so you can easily learn about your upcoming flights with a few voice commands.
To be clear, Google already offers this predictive information about flight delays through Google Flights. While that information is helpful (Google claims to be able to deliver the information with an 85 percent confidence rate) you still have to go online to check.
When this new Google Assistant feature fully rolls out, you’ll be able to say things like, “Hey Google, is my flight on time?” or “What’s the status of the Delta flight from Hartford to Orlando?” If there’s an actual delay, Assistant will obviously let you know. However, if there is no delay but Assistant predicts there will be, it will let you know that, too.
To make things even more helpful, Assistant will eventually warn you on your phone if it thinks your flight might be delayed, and even tell you why.
Access to predictive flight information via Google Assistant voice commands is rolling out right now, while the proactive information in the Assistant app will roll out in the coming weeks.