Google Maps tests ‘off-route’ safety alert fea­ture in In­dia

The Hindu Business Line - - IT & TELECOM -

Tech gi­ant Google is ex­per­i­ment­ing with a new “of­froute” safety fea­ture for Maps, ex­clu­sively in In­dia for now, that will alert users if their car or taxi de­vi­ates from its route by more than 500 me­ters, ac­cord­ing to a me­dia re­port.

The “off-route alerts” can be found within the “Stay safer” menu; the menu is ac­ces­si­ble after the user has se­lected their des­ti­na­tion but be­fore they en­ter nav­i­ga­tion mode, XDA De­vel­op­ers, a mo­bile soft­ware de­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity, re­ported on Mon­day.

The fea­ture will no­tify users ev­ery­time their cab gets side­tracked from the in­tended course by 500 me­tres, the re­port said.

Be­sides en­sur­ing users’ safety, the fea­ture is also in­tended to help them avoid be­ing tricked by a cab driver while trav­el­ling to an un­fa­mil­iar part of the city, it added.

On sens­ing a wrong route, the fea­ture would not re-route the driver, but send alerts on the users’ phones.

Fur­ther de­tails about the ex­per­i­men­tal fea­ture along with its pub­lic availabili­ty re­mains unan­nounced by the in­ter­net ti­tan.

Lately, Google has been up­dat­ing Maps with a plethora of fea­tures in­clud­ing a speedome­ter and sup­port for show­ing radar lo­ca­tions.

Pub­lic trans­port fea­tures

The com­pany 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.

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