Given that Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections have started to increase, Google expects that 40 percent of Americans plan to travel during the holidays, Google has highlighted some benefits, some of which are new, that aim to help users stay safe. Google has already added a COVID-19 layer to its maps, which displays (trends in cases) by country, state, and even province.
One of Google’s new features will allow users to check any potential travel restrictions for potential vacation destinations, as well as a filter for hotels that offer free cancellations in the event of changing travel plans, and the hotel filter was added at some point this year.
Another useful feature is the ability to check cleaning and sanitation procedures in hotels. Google works with hotels to provide this information they can do through Google Business tools, and other alerts include driving checkpoints and local transportation updates.
In an effort to help with contact tracing, the search giant with Apple developed an API for contact tracing applications that local and state governments can use to develop and deploy applications on both iOS and Android. In addition to this new API, a feature called Journeys is rolling out on the Google Maps Timeline.
This allows users to have a look at past trips they have taken, as well as transportation routes and itineraries that can include hotel stays. This may make it easier for users to track their steps in case of possible exposure to the Coronavirus. This feature will be expanded in the Photos app, and will soon allow users to see their photos grouped by location as well as a timeline of the captured photos.
It is worth noting that X – Google’s sister company and subsidiary to Alphabet – announced that its project for high-speed optical wireless broadband called Project Taara is working with Internet provider Econet and its subsidiaries to start rolling out its technology across sub-Saharan Africa. . The technology deployment follows a series of trials in Kenya specifically, but Project Taara and Econet are ready to begin adding wireless high-speed optical links to complement and enhance Econet’s service reach, starting with Liquid Telecom customers in Kenya. Project Tara is another approach to expanding broadband networks’ reach to parts of the Earth that did not have access or high-speed connections, primarily due to infrastructure challenges.