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Google will use machine learning to predict flight delays before the airlines

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Frank Williams | 31 January, 2018, 23:10

Google has introduced updates to its flight booking system, the most interesting among the updates being a flight delay prediction ability. Using historical data, Google can estimate with reasonable accuracy when a flight will be delayed and by how much even before the airline knows.

First announced earlier this month, Google Flights now shows the various tiers available when you're buying a ticket, as well as what you get with those different price points. Actually, the Search giant uses historical data and AI-based algorithms to come up with realistic flight times. With Google Flights, though, travelers can easily see what each class is, what it offers, and what it costs on United, Delta, and American flights.

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Delays and predictions of delays appear in search results. Another new feature, designed with the budget traveler in mind, reveals exactly what comes with a basic Economy fare ticket, and what is excluded. For this reason, Google says that it will only show delay predictions in cases where there is at least an 80-percent confidence in the prediction. So, you should still probably get to the airport on time. The delay shows up in a red flag directly in Google Flights next to the rest of the flight information.

The other addition to Google Flights is less impressive, but still quite useful. Google explains that these low-priced fare types can be "great for people traveling on a budget, but it can be confusing to understand whether important options- like overhead bin space, ability to select your seat, and baggage fees- are included in the fare". These changes are rolling out now.

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