Google Maps rolls outs new feature 'Stay Safer' for Indian users
The new feature called "Stay Safer" would alert Android users travelling in public vehicles if their drivers deviate more than 0.5 km from the suggested route on Google Maps.
Google today announced the roll-out of a new feature called "Stay Safer", which would alert Android users travelling in public vehicles if their drivers deviate more than 0.5 km from the suggested route on Google Maps, said an IANS report. Introduced for the first time in India, Google Maps will have following features:
1. According to the report, users` phones would buzz with a prominent notification which they would be able to tap on and see where they are compared to the original route.
2. Amanda Bishop, Product Manager, Google Maps, said, "Through our extensive research across India, we found that a lot of people limit their mobility due to safety-related concerns. To address this, we are launching this India-first feature."
3. It will also allow users to choose to share the live trip with friends and family directly from that screen so they know and can keep track of the journey.
4. Earlier in June, the feature was being tested exclusively in India. However, it remains unclear if users of Google Maps in other countries are also getting the "Stay Safer" feature or not.
5. Lately, Google has been updating Maps with a plethora of features including a speedometer and support for showing radar locations. It has also launched three new public transport features including live train status, to help Map users in 10 of the largest cities in India to see bus travel times from live traffic, get live train status for Indian Railways and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport.