If you live in the US, it doesn’t change that much; the tab will currently just show taxi times from Uber. Elsewhere though, you’ll have additional options: 99Taxis in Brazil, Ola Cabs in India, Hailo in the UK and Spain, Mytaxi in Germany and Spain and Gett in the UK.
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More importantly, it’s a sign Google is looking to branch out from just offering Uber, and that it sees taxi apps playing a much more prominent role in people’s lives in the years to come; giving ridesharing its own tab put its on the same same visual plane as driving or public transport.
There’s one extra tidbit in the update: you can now use Spotlight search to find your saved placed or places you recently looked at in Google Maps, which could save you a couple of seconds when trying to get directions in a hurry.