Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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Google Announces Three New Google Maps Features Available for Users Today

Google Announces Three New Google Maps Features Available for Users Today

Google added three new features to its Maps app created to help travelers stay safe amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Google Maps' COVID-19 overlay, originally rolled out in September originally displayed trending cases in an area (seven-day average of cases per 100,000 people and whether cases are rising and falling), allowing Google Maps users to make informed decisions about traveling to an area.

Google Maps COVID layer.

If you're using public transport, you can still ensure social distancing is possible by checking the crowdedness information provided in Maps.

Google Maps is getting new updates to deliver more extensive COVID-19 updates as the holiday season approaches and many regions have seen the second wave of corona cases.

Driving mode in Google Assistant lets you do things like answer calls from within the navigation
Driving mode in Google Assistant lets you do things like answer calls from within the navigation

"This year, we've made it easier to find information that helps you stay safe, up-to-date, and connected", Dane Glasgow, Google Maps VP of product, wrote in a blog announcement. The update brings more information to the COVID layer, live status of takeout and delivery orders, an early preview of Assistant driving mode, and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, in fact, cases have spiked in the past few weeks.

Crowdedness data shows the real-time state of transit lines when users look up directions.

The feature will be available globally on Android and iOS, and will be based on real-time feedback from Google Maps users around the world.

The new capabilities are live today on both iPhone and Android. The results came out in the form of different classifications of Android malware and 10%-24% of the apps were either estimated to be malicious or unwanted. In addition, you will see the expected wait times and delivery fees. Google says the feature is rolling out in the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil and India.


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