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Google Maps Expands Regional COVID-19 Details as Cases Increase, Live Crowd Feature Added in Public Transport

To help users make an educated decision before heading out during the holidays, Google Maps is now introducing new COVID-19-related tools. These characteristics come at a time when cases are once again on a rise, and fears of greater spread mount during the winters and holiday seasons. Google Maps is looking to give more information from the official tools of COVID-19.

To give you a reasonable idea of the situation before you go to that area, it will show you details including all-time observed cases in an area, the last average seven-day pattern, and the number of deaths there. In addition, Google Maps can also include information on live crowding on public transport.

In a blog, Google revealed that it is rolling out two new features that aim to give you more data that will eventually support you during the crisis of COVID-19. The first involves the opportunity to see more region-related COVID-19 statistics, including all-time identified cases, fast links from local authorities to COVID resources, the seven-day trend there (increasing or decreasing), and the number of total fatalities.

Google says that this additional information will be “especially handy if you're heading out of town and need to get up to speed about the local guidelines, testing sites and restrictions in another city.”

In addition to this, Google Maps will also aim to provide you with public transport live crowdedness data to keep you updated. Cautious users who want to preserve their distance may want to avoid overcrowded buses, and Google Maps can now begin to display how crowded your bus, train, or metro line is based on real-time feedback from users of Google Maps around the world right now. For Android and iOS, all of these functions are being carried out.

Google Maps Expands Regional COVID-19 Details as Cases Increase

Besides these features, the live status of takeout and delivery orders can also be seen by users. This role will allow you to see the expected delivery of food, or when to go out to pick it up. This role will also include data such as estimated wait times and delivery costs, and will also allow you to reorder your favourite products from the Google Maps app itself. For users in India, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, and the US, this feature is rolling out on Android and iOS.

Moreover, an early version of the driving model for Google Assistant in Maps is rolling out to Android users in the US. In turn, this feature aims to decrease the need to look down at your phone when driving. You can use voice to send and receive calls and texts with the latest driving-friendly Assistant interface, easily check new messages through your messaging apps in one place and get a read-out of your texts. Assistant will even alert you to an incoming call so you can answer or decline with voice commands.