Google Maps to alert users about COVID-19-related travel restrictions to help them plan their trips better

Google is adding features on its Google Maps service to alert users on COVID-19-related travel restrictions to assist them plan their trips better, the Alphabet Inc unit said yesterday.

The update would allow users to test how crowded a rail station could be at a specific time, or if buses on a specific route are running on a limited schedule, Google said.

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The transit alerts would be extended in Argentina, France, India, Netherlands, the us and uk among other countries, the company said here in a blog post.

The new features would also include details on COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions on crossing national borders, starting with Canada, Mexico and therefore the US.

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In recent months, the company has analyzed location data from billions of Google users’ phones in 131 countries to look at mobility under lockdowns and help health authorities assess if people were abiding with social-distancing and other orders issued to rein within the virus.

Google has invested billions of dollars from its search ads business to digitally map the world, drawing 1 billion users on the average each month to its free navigation app.

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