GOOGLE Maps has just got a huge update with a few interesting features.
These include two new improvements to the “COVID trends” section and a Google Assistant driving mode in Maps.
One of the new updates will warn about coronavirus casesCredit: Google
As part of its commitment to making Maps help during the global pandemic, Google is adding a ‘crowdedness’ feature.
This will be rolling out globally on Android and iOS devices.
It will tell you how crowded your choice of public transport is when you are planning a route.
This will be rolling out in the coming weeks.
You’ll be able to see how crowded public transport isCredit: Google
In addition, Google added: “The updated COVID layer on Android and iOS will soon show more information, including all-time detected cases in an area, along with quick links to COVID resources from local authorities.
“This is especially handy if you’re heading out of town and need to get up to speed about the local guidelines, testing sites and restrictions in another city.”
Food delivery tracker
Google Maps is also getting a feature that will let you see exactly where your food delivery is.
Google said on its blogpost: “We’re rolling out the ability to see the live status of takeout and delivery orders in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil and India when you book or order from Google Maps on Android and iOS.
Unfortunately, the food tracker isn’t coming to the UK straight awayCredit: Google
“Now, you can know when to pick up your food, or when you can expect it to arrive at your doorstep.
“You can also see expected wait times and delivery fees, and easily reorder your favorites right from the Google Maps app.”
Google Assistant driving mode
Google Maps will start previewing an updated version of this feature in the US.
Once switched on, users will be able to ask the virtual assistant for help while they’re on the move.
Google said: “To get started with driving mode, begin navigating to a destination with Google Maps and tap on the pop up to get started.
“Or, head to Assistant settings on your Android phone or say “Hey Google, open Assistant settings.” Then select “Getting around,” choose “Driving mode” and turn it on.”
How to check your Google Location History
Here’s what you need to know…
There are several ways to check your own Google Location History.
The easiest way is to follow the link to the Google Maps Timeline page:
This lets you see exactly where you’ve been on a given day, even tracking your methods of travel and the times you were at certain locations.
Alternatively, if you’ve got the Google Maps app, launch it and press the hamburger icon – three horizontal lines stacked on top of each other.
Then go to the Your Timeline tab, which will show places you’ve previously visited on a given day.
If you’ve had Google Location History turned on for a few years without realising, this might be quite shocking.
Suddenly finding out that Google has an extremely detailed map of years of your real-world movements can seem creepy – so you might want to turn the feature off.
The good news is that it’s possible to immediately turn Google Location History off at any time.
You can turn off Location History here:
However, to truly stop Google from tracking you, you’ll also need to turn off Web & Activity Tracking.
You can see your tracked location markers here:
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