Google has rolled a ‘’Stay Safer” feature in India through its Maps app. The feature is aimed at safeguarding people using public transport. The alert system will inform the users when their taxis, auto-rickshaws and other public transport goes off-route. The Stay Safer feature is rolling out to Android users in India.
After installing the latest version of Google Maps, search for a destination and get directions. A new button titled ‘Stay Safer’ will appear in the options. Users will get two new options, “get off-route alerts” and “share live trips.” Once “get off-route alerts” is activated, the phone will notify you whenever the vehicle you are traveling in takes a detour of more than 0.5km. Needless to say, you can tap to review the detour, and if needed inform your driver.
“Through our extensive research across India, we found that a lot of people limit their mobility due to safety-related concerns. To address this, we are launching another India-first feature that will deliver a more relevant and reliable experience to our users. Our new ‘Stay Safer’ feature on Google Maps will alert users who are traveling in taxis, auto-rickshaws etc. in case their vehicle goes off route, giving them peace of mind. At Google Maps, we are committed to helping make journeys safe and hassle-free and look forward to bringing more experiences like this to India and beyond.”– Amanda Bishop, Product Manager, Google Maps.
As the name suggests, the “share live trip” lets you share a trip with family and friends. They can view your location in real-time with the help of GPS on your Android phone. Moreover, you can also share your location across several platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Slack. The new feature is a boon in India, especially for women and senior citizens.