The American technology giant Google has announced that with its Maps application (Google Maps) it will soon be possible to receive real-time notifications about the new coronavirus while traveling by car or public transport. These will be the various notifications and alerts available for a relevant area.
The app is supposed to offer information on facilities and reception options on the way to the testing center, thus helping to reduce congestion. It is also expected to reveal whether there is any coronavirus checkpoint on the way. The new tool will initially be available only for the U.S. border with Canada and Mexico.
Google will also alert you to the state of coronavirus on public transportation in certain cities, or to schedule changes. “As of today, you can observe the time when the transit station is more or less busy, plan your trip appropriately, or view live data showing what the current occupancy is compared to your normal occupancy rate, ” they said at Google.
Initially, these opportunities will be available in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Google will add other countries later.