Google Maps Adapting to the New World with COVID-19

Google Maps is going to help users coming out of lockdown to socially distance and be alerted when their route may be affected by Covid-19.
Jun 9, 2020

Google Maps is going through some changes in order to reflect how the pubic will be travelling after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted. It will show COVID-19 alerts on transit routes and shows routes that are affected by travel restrictions.

An example is in the UK, you need to wear a mask if you want to ride public transit. Google will update to alert you of this necessity in order to keep you prepared. Additionally, Google Maps will give you alerts about medical requirements and guidelines if you're going to a Covid-19 testing centre. If you're heading towards a checkpoint, you'll be notified. You will also get notifications about routes that might be impacted on by The Virus.

Where are the New Google Maps Features Heading?

These Google Maps alerts will be rolling out in many counties. These countries are: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the U.S.

The driving alters for routes that have been impacted by Covid-19 will be going to Canada, Mexico and the US. The Covid-19 testing areas, they will become available in Israel, the Philippines, South Korea and the US.

The Google Maps app will as help you socially distance when on buses or trains. Google's Product Management Director had said that "you can easily see the times when a transit station is historically more or less busy to plan your trip accordingly or you can look at live data showing how busy it is right now compared to its usual level of activity."


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