Google announced today an enhancement to the information they provide on restaurants that will be available in results from Google Search and Google Maps. To calculate wait times, Google analyzes patterns of customer visits over the last several weeks.
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The search giant debuted a new tool on Tuesday that lets people see the wait times at nearby restaurants. This isn't for restaurants requiring reservations, but the walk-in restaurants. In addition, Google will tell you how long people typically spend at the restaurant.
Users can tap on any of the hour bars to see an estimated wait for that period, and scrolling left and right will show a summary of that day's total waiting times. For example, back in summer 2015, it began to show mobile web users which days of the week and time of day were the busiest for local businesses using charts that appear in the business listing.