Google has announced that it will add more detailed information about the spread of Covid-19 through the popular Google Maps application. From September this year, it already has an additional layer that shows the morbidity of 100,000 people in the last 7 days in an area.
The new features will be available through Maps mobile apps for Android and iOS, and this will be done gradually over the next few weeks. The app will show more information on the total number of cases in a given area, as well as links to official sources submitted by local authorities.
The idea is that in this way consumers would be able to quickly and easily find not only information about the spread of the disease but also what are the local restrictions and measures in the area. Also, the data will be presented with a clearer indication of whether the incidence is low or high for the region and if the trend is up or down.
In addition, Google Maps will start showing how busy public transport is in real-time. This will allow people to change their route to maintain social distance. The feature will be available globally for Android and iOS.
The application will show forecasts when it would be the right time for a person to go to a restaurant where he has ordered food for home. However, this feature will only be available in the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil, and India, at least initially.