When it comes to Food Delivery business there were no option until few years back in India, but the trend was already was on hike in US and other countries. As India has Zomato, Swiggy etc. hence US has Yelp and user can order food through their websites as well as from App which is more feasible way.
Now, here Google is trying to get into the game in a big way. Google Maps has been boosting its restaurant and bar listings in a big way to take on the established services. It’s now testing a feature that shows ‘popular dishes’ at some restaurants, using images that are crowd-sourced from users who upload pictures to Maps. The feature is only visible to a small number of users for now.
When did Google Maps get these crowd sourced menu pics? So valuable! pic.twitter.com/hOUOIIfbj9
— Taylor Wimberly (@wimbet) May 3, 2019
The feature was discovered by Twitter user @wimbet, who posted screenshots of the crowd-sourced menu images. The new ‘popular dishes’ tab is somewhat like a menu for the restaurant, but only seems to be focused on the most popular items on the menu, as the name suggests. It shows crowdsourced images of the most popular dishes at a restaurant, giving users an idea of what a restaurant is popular for. The ‘popular dishes’ are visible under the menu tab, assuming the menu of a restaurant is available through the Google Maps listing. The feature hasn’t rolled out widely yet, and 9to5Google speculates it was probably spotted in the Google Maps beta channel.
The feature seems to work by scanning reviews of restaurants to find out what dishes are popular, and then further scanning through users’ images to post the right ones. As seen in the screenshots though, not every photo has a dish name attached, and users can contribute by editing. The feature appears to rely heavily on Google’s excellent machine learning and AI algorithms, and takes Google’s listings a step further, at least when it comes to restaurants.
Google Maps does a lot more than just listing restaurants of course, offering information on shopping, landmarks, and whatnot everything done through the app. It’s also handy in helping with navigation and traffic information. While this latest feature is still being tested, it could soon roll out to all users, as it will help both seller and buyer to get to the right place at right time and have a great time..