Google's data and pursuit of providing an application that aids the "new normal" and the world through this global pandemic should be used wisely and cautiously. And now, it has gone a step further to introduce a new layer, a tool that shows critical information about COVID-19 cases in a given area.
Google Maps has announced that this feature will start rolling out this week and will be available in all 220 countries and territories supported by Maps.
The all-new Google Maps aims to help people navigate through the "new normal" that now still has restrictions and limitations when it comes to traveling from one place to another.
The poster will also let users know if the number of Covid-19 cases in a particular location is trending up or down, according to map product manager Sujoy Banerjee. Google claims that this feature is going to be efficient enough to deliver the average COVID-19 cases, thereby providing a good window into the accessible areas and the not very accessible areas with regard to COVID.
Google has implemented a new color-coded tool in Maps this week to help users identify how prevalent COVID-19 is within their area.
Google said when a user open Google Maps, tap on the layers button on the top right hand corner of the screen and click on "Covid-19 info".
The feature will soon be available on iOS and Android versions of Google Maps.
Discrimination can not be helped when providing COVID-19 statistics regarding a particular place.
"While navigation has become a lot more complicated these days, we hope these Google Maps features will help you get to where you want to be, as safely and efficiently as possible", Banerjee said. Google pulls the data from "multiple authoritative sources", which include Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times and Wikipedia.
The search engine over the years has been adding to the features of the Google Maps service. Just keep looking for a Google Maps update.