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Google maps will now alert users about Covid-19 restrictions

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

09th Jun, 2020. 03:04 pm
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Google maps will now alert users about Covid-19 restrictions

The  Alphabet Inc unit said on Monday that Google Maps is adding a new feature that will alert its users about Covid-19 related restrictions to help them travel safely. 

As per Google, the new update would allow its users to check how crowded a public transport station might be at a particular time, or if buses on certain routes are running on a limited schedule.

The new transit alerts will be carried out in Argentina, France, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, Google said here in one of their blogs.

The new Google Maps features would also notify about Covid-19 checkpoints and restrictions on crossing national borders. This feature will start with Canada, Mexico, and the United States initially.

The company has collected data from billions of Google users’ phones in 131 countries in recent months to investigate mobility under lockdown and help health authorities assess if people were abiding with social-distancing and other orders given for rein in the virus.

Google has invested billions of dollars from its search ads business to digitally map the world, drawing an average of 1 billion users to its free navigation app every month.

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