Google Maps Releases New Features To Ensure Safe Travels


In the 1920’s up to the 1960’s, pictorial maps thrived as an advertising tool. Maps were designed for businesses that wanted to sell something. However, when modern photography was introduced, businesses chose the colorful images for their brochures. You can visit their page to view several examples of map illustrations.

Pictorial maps are products of an artist’s creativity and passion for. Google maps, on the other hand, are products of technology. Millions of people across the world use Google maps for navigation. Lately, new features have been added to the app to ensure that users are safe during the pandemic.

In order to assist travelers, Google Maps has collected data from both local and national agencies including governments to provide users with relevant information. Users of the app will receive driving alerts that will notify them of Covid19 checkpoints and varying restrictions along their routes. Alerts will be sent when the user crosses national borders.

Drivers can expect an alert to appear on the directions screen after they have entered an area that imposes certain restrictions like masks mandates and social distancing regulations. The alerts are currently available in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

An alert will also remind the driver of eligibility and facility guidelines before entry to a medical facility or coronavirus testing center. This is to ensure that the driver won’t be turned away or cause additional strain on the local healthcare system. Alerts for medical facilities are now available in countries like Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines, Israel and the USA.

When a user of Google Maps navigates public transportation in areas that have Covid19 restrictions, an alert will be received from local transit agencies. Reminders will be provided like government mandates and mask requirements. The alerts will allow commuters to plan their trip and avoid crowded rides.

Unlike Google Maps, pictorial maps are not geographically accurate. However, they are more sophisticated and artistic than Google Maps. You can visit their page to see examples of pictorial maps that show a scene as viewed from the eyes of a bird. The pictorial maps capture a moment in time that will be very interesting to the viewer.