Google Maps Update: Users Now Receive Covid-19 Alerts And Information
Google is now rolling out safety features for its Maps app that are intended to make public transit safer in amid the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
This story originally appeared on Forbes.
In an official blog post today, Google announced the introduction of new features designed to equip travelers and commuters with information about possible Covid-19-related impacts including checkpoints, travel restrictions, and even degree of crowdedness on public transport, streamlining a feature they offered last year.
With this update, crowd information can be accessed and modified based on Google crowdedness predictions based on times when a station has been busy in the past.
These new Google Maps alerts have currently gone line in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States, and Google intends to expand to more areas.
According to the post, information behind these alerts will be culled from “authoritative data from local, state and federal governments or from their websites.” Google is “actively working with other agencies around the world to bring even more of this helpful data to users in Google Maps.”
Additionally, the company is adding features that will help individuals traveling to testing centers better understand logistics including eligibility and guidelines specific to a given facility. Testing center alerts are currently available only in the United States, while general medical facility information is offered in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the United States.
In April, Google announced a joint contact tracing effort with Apple to curb the spread of Covid-19.