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Google Maps to help travel safely amid COVID-19 crisis

Due to the unprecedented outbreak of coronovirus the world over has changed, tech-giant Google has come up with a new feature that will let users know about COVID-19 related information as they venture.

In The blog Posted by Ramesh Nagarajan, Product Management Director, Google Maps, he revealed that they are launching a new feature for Android and iOS users to help them get important information easily, whether it is by car or public transport Ho.

“When you see public transit guidelines for travel being affected by COVID-19 restrictions, we will show relevant alerts from local transit agencies. If the government affects transportation services or requires you to wear masks on public transport, these alerts can help you prepare accordingly, ”said Nagarajan.



These transit alerts are currently offered in India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Google Maps is also offering driving alerts to notify users of COVID-19 outposts and restrictions along their routes, such as when crossing national borders. These features will first be rolled out in Canada, Mexico and the US where the user will see an alert on the direction screen and after starting navigation if the route is affected by these restrictions.

When navigating medical facilities or COVID-19 testing centers, Google Maps reminds users a warning to verify eligibility and facility guidelines that will display to avoid getting away or causing additional pressure on the local healthcare system .

They are launching alerts for medical facilities in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea and the US and testing center alerts will be available in the US.

In 2019, Google predicted congestion for public transit in Google Maps.

Powered by tens of millions of contributions from past riders, these predictions help people see how crowded a particular bus line or train is.

Google Maps is now making it easier for people to contribute crowd information to their transit lines. See directions, tap to see transit details, then scroll down to find congestion predictions (where available) and easily contribute your own experiences.

Additionally, in February, Google Maps announced new insights such as temperature, access, and safety on-board, as well as designated women’s classes in areas where the transit system is near them.

These insights are now rolled out globally, helping users to get feedback from past riders and submit their own right along public transport routes.

To help wheelchair users know before they go around the world, Google Maps has added more granular access information for people to discover and contribute, including wheelchair accessible doors, seating, stop buttons, and more Huh.

To ensure proper social distance, travelers are paying attention to how crowded or comfortable their ride and transit station will be.

Starting today, users can easily see times when a transit station is historically more or less busy to plan their trip or show how busy it is compared to its normal level of activity .

Search for a station in Google Maps or tap on the station on the map to see departure board and busy data, where available.



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