Winter holidays are quite stressful, and during these times of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, things have become more challenging. To help you stay safe and getting you things done without any extra hassle, Google Maps has released hundreds of new features in these last few months. Recently the tech giant added a feature to Maps that lets users know about COVID-19 cases and related information for a given area. There are too many significant features in Google Maps that you can make use of during these challenging times through the holidays.
Get Around The Town Safely
If you need to go out this holiday season, keeping track of the latest COVID trends is very important to keep yourself safe from the deadly infection. Here’s where Google Maps’ newly-added COVID layer will help you get critical information about COVID-19 right from your mobile application. According to Google, the company is soon rolling out new improvements to the COVID layer in both Android and iOS. In the coming weeks, Maps will show all-time detected COVID-19 cases in an area along with quick links to the local COVID resources.
Know About the Crowded Route Beforehand
One of the most stressful situations while going out during the holidays is heavy traffic and crowded routes. Everyone wants to avoid heavy crowds, and during these COVID times, it becomes more important to keep distance. Here, Google Maps helps users keep social distance by providing live crowdedness information. Both Android and iOS users will soon start seeing how crowded their bus, train, or subway line is. Google has said that it’ll use the real-time feedback from Maps users to inform about the crowded place.
See Live Status of Your Delivery Order
Ordering food from nearby restaurants and food points is very common in today’s world. To make this experience more helpful, Google is rolling out a new feature to Maps that will let users see the live status of takeout and delivery orders. Releasing for Maps on both Android and iOS, users will now know when to pick up their food or when to expect it to arrive at their doorstep. Also, you can see expected wait times, delivery fees, and reorder your favorites from the Maps app itself. The feature is rolling out in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia, and India.
Do More While Keeping Focus on Road
Google Maps recently added the Assistant driving mode on Android, and now it’s rolling out an early preview of improved experience in the US. The new driving-friendly Assistant interface lets users easily do more things while keeping their focus on the road. It allows users to use their voice to send and receive calls or texts and even get a readout of the text messages. This feature is more important while driving as you need to keep the focus on the road and not get distracted by the calls or the text messages.
These four features on Google Maps will help you go through the holidays quite effortlessly during these COVID times.