Google has just rolled out two new features on Maps that will help people to get around safely in the time of COVID-19. With the new update, Google Maps will notify you with any coronavirus-related travel restrictions and will also report on how crowded public transit may be.
From now, you will see different alerts on your Maps while looking up directions for a trip. Google Maps will alert you whether you need a mask on public transit, will take you through a COVID-19 checkpoint, or any essential information that will help you travel safely amid the COVID-19.
According to Google, Information for these alerts is gathered from “authoritative data from local, state and federal governments or from their websites.” These alerts are live in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the US., with plans to expand to more areas.
If you’re going to a medical facility or COVID-19 testing center, Google Maps will display an alert telling you to check that you meet eligibility requirements. This feature is available for medical facilities in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the U.S., and testing center alerts will be available in the U.S.
At last, Google has simplified a feature it introduced last year that predicts how crowded public transit will be based on user-submitted data. When looking up a public transit route on Google Maps, crowd information can now be found by tapping through to see Transit Details, then scrolling down to see crowdedness predictions. Going out will help people to avoid boredom, depression, anxiety, and chronic mental health issues due to lockdown during the corona pandemic.
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