Google is adding a new feature to Google Maps that will alert you if your taxi goes off-route.
If you have ever travelled to another country before, you know that taking a taxi sometimes makes you feel a little wary.
Google is adding a new feature to Maps that will make riding a taxi a little safer for everyone. Soon, you will be able to receive alerts when your driver goes off-route, hence helping you stay safe when riding in countries and cities you are not familiar with.
The new feature is really simple to use. Open up Maps and type in your destination. Then choose the “Stay Safer” option in the menu and tap the option to get off-route alerts. As the name suggests, this options will send an alert notification to your phone when your driver is not taking the way it should.
Notifications are actually only sent if you stray off course by 500 meters or more. According to Google, this gives enough room for drivers to navigate traffic, construction or anything else.
The new Google Maps off-route alert feature was first spotted by a reporter at XDA Developers. It seems like it’s currently only available in India, although it will likely expand to other countries in the near future.
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