From Jeffrey Bridgman:
Google maps is showing me my freedom to stay a bit more and chat now.It says that this route runs every 15 minutes from 5am to 11:30pm, which means if I get talking with someone, I don't care that I'm missing the 8:27pm bus since there'll be another one in about 15 minutes. That's a great improvement from the "Catch the next bus at 8:27" directions it used to tell you.
I think we're just seeing the beginning of this. We don't just want directions, we want options!