Google Maps to alert you about crowded public transport, medical checkpoints and more; check details inside
New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: As the countries around the world start opening up after months of lockdown, the social distancing measures are expected to play a pivotal role in the way humans end up acting as a civilisation as whole while maintaining contacts and businesses. Google Maps, as world’s foremost smart navigator, has also tightened its grip over subsequent feature upgrade in its interface to get through this phase, at the time when its existing navigation interface might not be instrumental as much in ensuring social distancing in the world still reeling under coronavirus pandemic.
To ensure that people avoid the crowded places, Google Maps will now alert its users about places which are crowded which would include public transports, medical checkpoints and other important places of suitable significance in our daily life.
“Getting from A to B can be more complicated these days. Because of COVID-19, it’s increasingly important to know how crowded a train station might be at a particular time or whether the bus is running on a limited schedule. Having this information before and during your trip is critical for both essential workers who need to safely navigate to work and will become more important for everyone as countries around the world begin to reopen,” Ramesh Nagarajan, Product Management Director of Google Maps, wrote in a blog post.
Nagarajan explained that Google Maps will share relevant information from local transit agencies when users look for directions which are likely to be restricted due to COVID-19.
Available for both Android and iOS users, the feature will be rolled out in immediate future in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the US.
“When you look up public transit directions for a trip that is likely to be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, we’ll show relevant alerts from local transit agencies. These alerts can help you prepare accordingly if government mandates impact transit services or require you to wear a mask on public transportation,” Nagarajan added.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma