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Google Maps to alert users about Covid-19 travel restrictions

Google says it is adding a feature on its Maps service to alert users about COVID-19-related travel restrictions

Alphabet Inc, the parent body of google said on Monday that the update would allow users to check how crowded a train station might be at a particular time, or if buses on a certain route are running on a limited schedule.

The company said in a blog that; “In our latest release of Google Maps on Android and iOS, we’re introducing features to help you easily find important information if you need to venture out, whether it’s by car or public transportation.”

Transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the U.S. where we have information from local transit agencies, with more coming soon, it said.

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

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

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