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Google Maps Appears to be Testing Taxi Wrong-Route Alerts in India

Besides ensuring users' safety, the feature is also intended to help them avoid being tricked by a cab driver

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The company is also introducing new guidelines for its raters, over 10,000 people that review the search engine. Pixabay

As part of the many new features Google is experimenting with and adding on Maps, the search engine giant is testing an “Off-route” alert feature, exclusively in India for now.

Intended to keep users safe while they are riding in a taxi, the “Off-route” feature would notify users everytime their cab gets sidetracked from the intended course by 500 metres, XDA Developers reported on Monday.

Besides ensuring users’ safety, the feature is also intended to help them avoid being tricked by a cab driver while travelling to an unfamiliar part of the city.

On sensing a wrong route, the feature would not re-route the driver, but send alerts on the users’ phones.

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The search engine giant is testing an “Off-route” alert feature. Pixabay

For now, it remains unclear if users of Google Maps in other countries are also getting the test “off-route” feature or not.

Details about the experimental feature along with its public availability remains unannounced.

Lately, Google has been updating Maps with a plethora of features including a speedometer and support for showing radar locations.

The company also launched three new public transport features including live train status, to help Map users in 10 of the largest cities in India to see bus travel times from live traffic, get live train status for Indian Railways and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport. (IANS)

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Google Maps to Unveil ‘Local Guides’ for Personalised Recommendations

Last week, Google Maps rolled out an update that lets you take control over your profile picture and your bio

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In addition to providing smart recommendations based on places you rate and visit, you'll now be able to follow pre-selected Local Guides and discover new locations thanks to their reviews on Google Maps. Pixabay

With nifty updates and additions, Google Maps has been evolving since quite some time and now the company is working towards adding a new functionality that would let users to follow Local Guides for better personalised recommendations.

For the time being, the new and extremely useful feature is being currently piloted in nine cities including Delhi, San Francisco, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, London, New York, Osaka, and Mexico City.

In addition to providing smart recommendations based on places you rate and visit, you’ll now be able to follow pre-selected Local Guides and discover new locations thanks to their reviews.

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With nifty updates and additions, Google Maps has been evolving since quite some time and now the company is working towards adding a new functionality that would let users to follow Local Guides for better personalised recommendations. Pixabay

The connoisseurs are picked based on how active they are on Maps and the number of posts on the platform, Android Police reported on Saturday.

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Last week, Google Maps rolled out an update that lets you take control over your profile picture and your bio. (IANS)