Google has begun rolling out features that will predict flight delays. The search engine giant will base its information on historical data, as well as via their machine learning algorithms. The delays will be flagged by Google, even if the airlines themselves haven’t flagged them.
Google Flights will also provide the reasons for delays. For example, if the aircraft is arriving late, then Google will display this information to consumers. Users will then be able to decide whether they should book the flight or if they should book a different flight that will likely arrive on time.
Google Flights users can track the status of their flights. They can do this by entering their flight number or flight route/airline. Google will then display information pertaining to the delay.
Google said flight delays won’t be flagged until Google is 80 percent sure in their prediction. Bear in mind that travelers still have to arrive at the airport on-time. This means if a user sees a flight flagged for a delay, then it means Google is pretty confident in their prediction.
Another feature Google added is aimed at helping consumers learn more about Basic Economy fares, such as what they include and exclude. Sometimes low-cost fares are the only option for those travelling, but different airlines have different restrictions in place for the fares.
If any restrictions are associated with Basic Economy Fares, then Google will display those restrictions. These includes information such as the ability to choose your seat, whether or not you can use overhead space, if there are baggage fees and things of that nature. Initially, Google Flights will be doing this for United Flights, American and Delta.
It was just a month ago when Google Flights added deals tracking and price tracking, as well as a hotel search feature.
The roll-out of the features seems like Google is targeting travel businesses, as well as startups that uses data to research various factors, such as airline prices.