Google Maps is expanding a feature that helps users better navigate through crowded areas. The company is expanding crowdedness predictions to over 10,000 transit agencies in 100 countries.
Google Maps is also providing a Timeline Insights tool that will show users a history of where they’ve travelled every month.
Announced in the blog post, Google Maps has expanded the transit crowdedness predictions first introduced in 2019. The company says these predictions have been made possible using “Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, contributions from users, and historical location trends that predict future crowdedness levels for transit lines all over the world.”
Transit Crowdedness Predictions:-
The feature will let users know the information directly in the directions timeline view with anyone able to tap and contribute a live status: Not crowded, Not too crowded, Crowded, Very crowded, and At capacity.
Google is also making them more granular in New York and Sydney. Users will see how crowded individual train carriages are in these cities instead of just general crowding on the transit line.
Crowdedness information is generated from a mixture of historical location data, as well as self-reporting from Maps users on individual trains.
Google is also adding new features to Maps called the “Timeline section on Android, which is accessible by tapping your profile image and then selecting “Your Timeline.
The feature gives the month-by-month travel history of users. It tells users notable places they’ve visited, their vacations, and the mode of transport taken — car, public transit, aeroplanes, walking, or cycles. It also tells users how much time has been spent in different locations.
Users can easily manage their data - in bulk, in-line, or with auto-delete controls - right from your private Timeline, Google said.
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