The latest version of Google Maps includes features that help you find important travel information before you leave.
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
When the world begins to reopen in the middle of the world pandemic More and more people are leaving Coronavirus and returning to restaurants, shops and public transport. But don’t let the frustration of a temporary bus line ruin your newly discovered freedom – the latest version of Google Maps Contains features that help you find important information before you leave.
The iOS and Android app now shows relevant warnings from local transit agencies Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United Statesand soon more countries.
“These alerts can help you prepare for government mandates that interfere with transit services or require you to wear a face mask in public transportation,” said Ramesh Nagarajan, director of product management at Google Maps, in a blog post.
Do you prefer the quiet of a car? Check the instruction screen for driving warnings regarding COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions along your route, especially when crossing national borders (between Canada, Mexico and the United States).
Traveling at the time of the coronavirus means taking extra precautions, such as: For example, reviewing medical facility guidelines and testing center eligibility “so as not to be rejected or add to the burden on the local health system,” said Nagarajan. Starting this week, Maps in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the US will remind users to confirm if an appointment is required.
“We display these warnings when we have received authorized information from local, state, and federal governments or their websites,” the blog said. “And we’re actively working with other agencies around the world to provide users with even more useful information on Google Maps.”
Google Maps displays relevant warnings from transit agencies in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. / Image: Depositphotos.com
Socially distant travelers rely more than ever on maps to learn how congested their transit station and journey will be. Regardless of whether you plan in advance or arrive late, the app can tell you which times are historically the least busy and provide real-time crowd data. Help authenticate these numbers by going to Addresses> Transit Details> Congestion Predictions (if available).
“COVID-19 has certainly influenced the way we move around the world,” Nagarajan wrote. “As cities and countries around the world adapt, we strive to have the most relevant information on hand, so if you are ready and able to do so, you can safely venture out.”