Google Maps has launched the “Stay Safer” feature for its users in India. The new feature alerts users traveling in selfies and taxis when their vehicle leaves the route and also shares the live status of the trip with the user’s family and friends.
In case, taxi or autorickshaw deviates more than 0.5 kms from the suggested route of Google Maps, it will immediately alert the user about the application. The feature is available on all Android smartphones through the latest Google Maps update.
How to activate the “Stay safer” function?
Users can activate this new feature once they have searched their destination and received instructions at the start of their journey. After that, they will be able to activate it by selecting the “Stay safer” and “Get off-route alerts” options.
In case the taxi driver or autorickshaw driver deviates more than 0.5 km from the route suggested by the Google Maps application, the phone will start to ring with a prominent notification. When users click on that notification, they will be able to check their current location and compare it to the originally suggested route. After this, users can also choose to share their active trip with family and friends directly from that screen to keep them informed about the whereabouts.
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