Why Did Google Remove Uber Booking From Maps?

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For the past 18 months users were able to search for, book, and pay for an Uber ride within the Google Maps app. Nonetheless, it's a good sign for those who often request rides from the service.

Now, Google is strangely removing a big portion of that functionality. Now, users can only identify their route and get a ballpark fare estimate on the Google Maps App.

Now, while Uber still appears under the "rides" option, you have to click through to the Uber app to access it.

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Now though, that service integration is gone - and we have no idea why. Maps now has a "request" shortcut that hands off to Uber in place of the "book" button.

As mentioned, Uber integration from Google Maps app has not been entirely removed. "You can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps", the page read. If that is the case, then this integration removal has nothing to do with Google at all. Not all accounts however have that Uber open app option, and so Google is reportedly looking into this probable bug. Tech companies fighting amongst themselves often results in the end user being inconvenienced in some way and we hope that Google and Uber sort their differences before things get too bad.

Google did not provide an official reason why it removed the feature to request Uber rides on Google Maps. With a billion dollars on the line, Google may have pulled out the feature to remove the edge it offered Lyft's competitor. With hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, it'd be odd for Google Maps to bolster a rival.

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