“Google Maps would push alerts to users’ phone every time they are sidetracked from the actual path by more than 500 meters”
Google Maps is reportedly testing new off-route alerts in India as a safety measure when opting for cabs and public transport, as discovered by XDA Developers. This will allow users to be sure that their route isn’t deviating from the actual route presented to them in the Maps. This feature would push alerts to users’ phone every time they are sidetracked from the actual path by 500 meters. This would especially help those travelling to a new place.
That’s not all, unlike before, Maps will no longer reroute the destination whenever any wrong turn or road is taken; instead, it’ll push alerts. This would help users’ stick to the original route and also not get tricked by the taxi drivers. To get started with the feature, one will need to manually turn on the toggle in Maps within the ‘stay safer’ section where they can also share their live journey status as well. However, the feature seems to be available only in India currently, but it shouldn’t be long before it is rolled out to other markets.
Google Maps recently gained the ability to display speedometer on the navigation screen. This new functionality as the name suggests, shows the vehicle speed, when riding, at the bottom left corner of the screen. It can be enabled from the settings and will allow the rider to be aware of the actual speed he’s driving at. Most importantly, it also warns them if they are exceeding the speed limit.