Google desires to make taking a taxi a little bit bit safer. When you’ve traveled to a different nation earlier than, you understand that it may typically be a little bit nerve-wracking and uneasy getting round, particularly in the event you don’t know that nation’s language or customs. Google is tweaking Maps to make it that little bit safer although — and has added a characteristic to Maps that may provide you with a warning in case your taxi goes off-route.
The brand new characteristic is fairly easy to make use of. Merely open up Maps and kind in your vacation spot. Then hit the menu button and faucet the “Keep Safer” choice. Then, you possibly can faucet the choice to get off-route alerts, which, because the identify suggests, will ship a notification to your telephone when your taxi isn’t going the way in which it ought to.
You’ll then navigate on a map the identical method you usually would, with a small distinction — you’ll get a notification in the event you stray off track by 500 meters or extra. In accordance with Google, this could be certain that any small adjustments the motive force may make don’t trigger pointless panic. When you do get a notification, you possibly can then rapidly open up Maps and guarantee that the adjustments the motive force is making make sense contemplating issues like visitors, development, or one thing else.
The characteristic was first noticed by a reporter at XDA Builders and looks like it’s presently solely accessible in India, although it can doubtless begin rolling out to different nations within the close to future.
Google has been including a ton of options to Maps recently. After all, many of the new options have much less to do with security and extra to do with discovering new issues to do and locations to eat. For instance, Google lately added a brand new part on Maps that highlights most popular dishes at eating places. Final week, Google additionally added a characteristic to trace visitors delays and examine potential delays from pure disasters like hurricanes. Google lately closed down the Google Journeys app and diverted customers to Maps and Search — so lots of the new options are aimed toward serving to customers with their journey preparations.
Hopefully, the brand new off-route alerts characteristic will develop to extra nations quickly.