14 November 2019
Update: June 27, 2019
Google India has now officially announced the rollout of this new feature. It has also explained how to enable this feature for a safe ride.
Now, after searching for your destination and getting directions, you can enable this experience by selecting the “Stay safer” and “Get off-route alerts” option. If your driver deviates more than 0.5KM from the Google Maps suggested route, your phone will buzz with a prominent notification, and you can tap it to see where you are compared to the original route. Then, you can also choose to share your live trip with friends and family directly from that screen so they know you are off route and can keep track of your journey, and take appropriate action, if required.
Original Post (June 11, 2019)
Google has been bringing many updates to its Maps app with an aim to offer you most of the information when you’re traveling. Now, it has thrown yet another useful update that brings up off-route alerts so that you stay on the right path and reach your destination. It can prove out to be quite a useful feature, especially if you’re traveling alone and end up hitting a wrong road. So, Google Maps will send an alert to your phone every time you take a wrong route or get sidetracked from the intended course by 500 meters.
Another potential use of this feature is to save yourself from getting tricked by a cab driver while traveling to an unfamiliar part of the city. We assume that this alert will appear when Google Maps will finish trying possible reroutes. So, when it will observe any new road getting hit than the expressed ones, it will show alerts, thus, it would save them from any potential threats.
Spotted first by a Senior Editor at XDA Developers, the feature currently seems to be available only in India. So, we can say that this feature comes as one of the several India-first initiatives that Google takes.
Recently, Google expanded the speedometer feature to more countries so as to save users from any kind of fine or potential accidents due to speed. And, a week back, Google also brought one more India-specific feature to its Google Maps app. It’s about giving information on unusual delays while riding on a local bus, local or metro train. The new feature also reports on the schedule and status of long-distance trains.
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