Google has introduced a few Maps features that could make it easier for you to return to the world, now that COVID-19 vaccines are available. One of the most useful changes to Maps is the extension transit congestion predictions in over 10,000 cities in 100 countries.
Companies expect their staff to return to the office in the near future, and crowd forecasting can let you know if there’s a lot of open seats on the train or bus line you’re waiting for or it’s already crowded. This way you can decide whether to jump in or wait for the next one in hopes that it is not overcrowded. Maps can be predicted by combining AI technology and contributions from people using Google Maps, along with historical location trends.
If you’re in New York and Sydney, you can even see the train crowd to the level of a passing car in real time. The maps will mark the cars with the least crowds, so you can stand in line for one of them, thanks to data from transport agencies in those areas. He is still a pilot at the moment, but Google says the feature will soon be available in more cities.
In addition, the technology giant has launched a new Timeline Insights card for the Maps application. As long as you’re on Android and if location history is turned on, you’ll be able to view “monthly trends on how you’re navigating the world”. For example, here you can see how much time you spend in different places, such as shops or airports, and the distance and time for each mode of transportation you have taken. The technical giant says it developed the feature after users of the company said they wanted to “be more intentional in the way they spend their time” after experiencing a pandemic.
Finally, Travel on the Timeline tab is now available to everyone on Android, so you can relive the vacations you’ve had in the past. In case your favorite travel destination still does not receive tourists, you can go to the section and virtually visit the hotels, restaurants and other places you used to enjoy.
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