Google Maps Gets A New Feature: Will Spot Crowds To Help With Safer Transits

Google Maps' new feature will help users spot road closures due to travel restrictions, and also send updates regarding crowded public transport.
Sshradha Sinngh
By: Sshradha Sinngh Updated: Jun 09, 2020 13:33 IST
Google Maps Gets A New Feature: Will Spot Crowds To Help With Safer Transits
The New Feature Will Also Update On Availability of Public Transport

It's interesting how we have quickly adjusted with the current times of restrictions, lockdown, and other protocols such as social distancing, wearing masks, and using hand sanitisers all the time. 

Most of the countries around the world have been shut down due to Covid-19 pandemic and now will be reopening with a few restrictions still in place. For a safer travel and transit Google Maps has introduced a transport feature which will help you spot crowded public transport.

This latest feature is available on Android and iOS both, and alerts users about your travel routes, considering the restrictions and road closures.

With the restrictions we are all following it is important to know if the public transport on our way is over crowded or the bus is running only limited frequency buses.

This feature will be very helpful in travelling safely for essential service providers. This travel assist feature will be rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

This feature will also alert users about route restrictions and checkpoints, which will make it easy for commuters to estimate travel time.

With this feature users will also be able to estimate when and during what time of the day does a public transport station or vehicle is usually crowded, to help decide when should you step out.

Fueled by the data of millions of travellers, this feature will be able to roll out granular level information for easy estimation and assumption. The feature also alert on crowded, very crowded, not too crowded places, or any other restrictions or important information.

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