Google Map’s new version will display pandemic-related transit alerts and alert people for crowded buses or trains. The updated version of the Apple and Android platforms will also notify drivers about COVID-19 checkpoints or restrictions on their routes.
“Having this information before and during your trip is critical for both essential workers who need to safely navigate to work and will become more important for everyone as countries around the world begin to reopen,” said Google Maps product management director Ramesh Nagarajan.
The Philippines will have an alert feature for those traveling to medical facilities.
“We are actively working with other agencies around the world to bring even more of this helpful data to users in Google Maps,” said Nagarajan.
Google has over one billion monthly active users for its app and mapped about 220 countries and territories, as well as offers live traffic updates in 171 countries.