Google has announced Google Maps new features to its app that will notify users about Covid-19-related travel restrictions. This will inform all users about confinement zones, social distance standards, and population density in a specific place. Everything you need to know is right here.
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Google Maps Gets a New Feature
According to Ramesh Nagarajan, Product Management Director, Google Maps, in a recent blog posting, “In our Google Maps new feature for Android and iOS, we’re adding capabilities to help you conveniently access crucial information whenever you need to go out, whether by automobile or public transportation.”
“When you seek for public transportation directions for a route that is likely to be impacted by COVID-19 limitations, we’ll offer appropriate notifications from local transport agencies,” he said. These notifications may assist you in making appropriate preparations if government regulations influence transit services or compel you to wear a mask on public transportation.”
This function will be available in several countries, including India. In addition, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States will also be included.
The following are the new feature’s highlights
- Relevant warnings from local transportation agencies in a region likely to be impacted by COVID-19 limitations.
- A reminder to use a mask while on public transit.
- Notifications of government obligations that may influence transport services
- Driving notifications to advise you about COVID-19 checks and route restrictions
- Predictions of crowding for public transportation in Google Maps
- Onboard temperature, accessibility, and security, as well as specific women’s sections in areas where transportation networks exist
More information about COVID-19 Google Maps updates
If your location is affected by COVID-19, you may use Google Maps to find out where the affected areas are.
Tip: In certain areas, you may be able to locate extra information on COVID-19. When you click the Google Maps home screen alert, you’ll get locally relevant links depending on your current map view.
Look for COVID-19 Health Care Institutions
You may use Google to obtain a list of COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing centers near you.
TIP: COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing facility information may be accessible only in certain countries.
Enable the COVID-19 layer
COVID-19-related data may be seen as a layer on Google Maps.
- Launch Google Maps on your mobile device.
- At the top, choose Layers COVID-19 details.
The COVID-19 layer shows the 7-day average of new cases per 100,000 individuals. It also reveals if the number of instances is rising or decreasing. In addition, the colors of the layer indicate:
- Grey: less than one case
- Yellow: 1 to 10 instances
- Orange: 10 to 20 cases
- Dark orange: 20-30 instances
- Red: 30-40 instances
- Dark Red: 40 or more cases
“You can easily check when a transit station has historically been more or less crowded and plan your journey appropriately, or you can look at live data indicating how busy it is right now relative to its regular level of activity,” Nagarajan added.
Search for a station on Google Maps or press the map on the map to view the departure board and, if available, busyness statistics. These features, which will be available in the coming weeks, are backed by combined and anonymized data from users who have opted into Google Location History.
A Google account-level feature turned off by default. To ensure privacy, we only provide these insights when we have enough data to fulfill privacy thresholds.”
So that’s Google’s contribution towards enhancing safe travels around the world. What do you think about these features, have you used any of these before, let me know in the comments.
Until we meet again, I wish you good health and lots of travel.