On Monday, the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit said that Google is going to add a feature its Maps service to alert users about COVID-19-related travel restrictions to help they plan their trips better.
This feature will help users to check- what time is the train station most crowded or which route for buses is running on a limited schedule.
The company said that “they have studied the 131 countries data from billions of Google users’ phones to examine mobility under lockdowns and help health authorities assess if people were abiding with social-distancing and other orders issued to rein in the virus.”
So far, “the transit alerts would be rolled out in Argentina, France, India, Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom among other countries. Furthermore, the new features would also include details on COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions on crossing national borders, starting with Canada, Mexico, and the United States,” said the company.
Moreover, Google invested billions of dollars to digitally map the world and have pulled 1 billion users every month on its free navigation app.