COVID-19 travel related restrictions: Google Maps alert its users

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

The transit alerts would be rolled out in Argentina, France, India, Netherlands, the United States, and United Kingdom among other countries, the company said in a blog post.

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

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

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, Google said.

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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