When it comes to work, we all know that getting there is half the battle — which is why a new feature could come in handy. LinkedIn announced that its new “Your Commute” capability will let users see how long it’ll take to travel to a position as they scour LinkedIn Jobs on their mobile device.
Here’s how it works
Users will reportedly be able to plug in the locations they’ll be traveling to and from, “how long” they’d like to travel to the job, plus the desired time of departure. The feature will be able to display the approximate travel times by car, foot, and public transportation. You don’t have to apply for a job to use it, and users will have the option to save their “commute preferences” on the platform.
Your commute matters. Now you can get more insights, like how long it will take to get to and from a new job, all without ever leaving the job listing: https://t.co/ha90pWiEV0
— LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) June 7, 2018
But the company had some help making this happen.
“LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion in 2016, has been slowly cross-pollinating features and services with its new owner, and this is the case here. The location and navigation data is being supplied by Bing Maps, Microsoft’s mapping service that is akin to Google and Apple Maps, by way of its API,” TechCrunch reports.
Dan Li, a LinkedIn senior product manager who wrote the company’s blog post, also reportedly told TechCrunch that users will be able to access “Your Commute” on their desktop computers in the future.
The “Your Commute” feature could help users get a more realistic perspective on what it would be like to get to and from a new job.