Google is making travelling more secure for those in India who use auto rickshaws or cabs. The new safety feature comes as a part of an update for the Google Maps app. Called ‘Stay Safer’, the feature is said to alert and notify users who are travelling in taxis, auto rickshaws whenever their vehicle goes off-route. They will also be able to use the live status share feature of their trips with friends and family. This is currently said to be available on Android for now with the latest Google Maps update.
Gadgets Now tried the feature and can confirm that it is not just for Maps beta testers but for end users as well. It can be seen once you start the navigation from your location to the destination.
The pop-up at the bottom of the screen will show you two options to righter share the live trip or get alerts when the vehicle goes off-route. The ‘Share live trip’ can be shared with multiple users at once. You can either share the live status via Google Maps or via third-party apps including WhatsApp. The ‘Get off-route alerts’ feature will let you know when your vehicle has deviated from the track if it moves 0.5kms away from the track.
“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.,” said Amanda Bishop, Product Manager, Google Maps.