After a couple of tests, Google has finally released the ‘Stay Safer’ feature for Android users in India. This feature usually plays an important role to safeguard people while traveling through public transport. Using this feature, Google Maps continuously tracks you while you are traveling in public transport like taxis, auto-rickshaws, or public transport vehicles.
Whenever the vehicle you are traveling with goes off-route for more than 0.5KM from the Google Maps suggested routes, Google Maps will notify you about the same. The live status of your route will also be shared with friends and family. This feature is rolling out to Android users in India, and the users will need to update to the latest version of Google Maps to be able to use it.
Once you have downloaded the latest version of Google Maps for Android, try searching for a destination and getting directions. A new button called ‘Stay Safer’ should show up at the bottom of your screen. Tapping on the ‘Stay Safer’ brings two new options called ‘get off-route alerts’ and ‘share live trips’.
If you activate the ‘get off-route alerts’ option, the phone will buzz with a prominent notification if the driver deviates more than 0.5km from the Google Maps suggested route. Users can then tap to see where they are compared to the original route, and speak to the driver about the confusion in route. While if you tap on share live trips, you are prompted to select friends or family members from the contact list to which your live location will be shared. The ‘share live trip’ option also lets you share your location on most social apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Slack
“Through our extensive research across India, we found that a lot of people limit their mobility due to safety-related concerns,” said Amanda Bishop, Product Manager, Google Maps, in a statement. “To address this, we are launching another India-first feature that will deliver a more relevant and reliable experience to our users. Our new ‘Stay Safer’ feature on Google Maps will alert users who are traveling in taxis, auto-rickshaws etc. in case their vehicle goes off route, giving them peace of mind. At Google Maps, we are committed to helping make journeys safe and hassle-free and look forward to bringing more experiences like this to India and beyond.”
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