Google maps will alert users about COVID-19 related travel restriction
Google Maps now includes details on COVID-19 checkpoints and a ban on crossing national borders.
Google has announced that it has added new features to its Maps service, which will alert users to travel restrictions related to COVID-19. This will help users plan their travel according to the company. These new features include transit alerts, medical facility alerts, and more.
To get these new features, users have to update their Google Maps app from the Play Store. To do this, they can go to the Google Play Store, search for maps, and tap on updates within the app page.
The Transit Alert feature will allow users to check if there is congestion at the train station at a particular time, or buses are running on a limited time. The facility is made available in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Google Maps now includes details on COVID-19 checkpoints and a ban on crossing national borders. This feature is available only in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
If a user is visiting a medical facility or COVID-19 testing center, the app will verify their eligibility and state the facility guidelines. Medical facility alerts are now available in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the United States. Whereas, test center alerts are being provided only in the US.
Google claims to have collected this data from local, state, and federal governments. They also state that they are actively working with other agencies worldwide to add more value to these specialties, while at the same time making them available in more countries.
Others feature introduced to battle COVID-19
The company’s crowdfunding predictions feature, which was introduced last year, will now give users access to information on the app by tapping into transit details and tapping on crowdfunding predictions.
In February, the company added insights such as the women’s section for temperature, access, security onboard, and transit systems inside its app. This information is being populated by riders who present their experiences on the app to get to know other users…