Google Maps Testing ‘off-route’ Alert Feature in India

Ruben Fields
June 11, 2019

It appears Google wants Google Maps to be the diner's app-of-choice, as it seems more and more features are coming to the service that revolve around going out to eat.

Google Maps has been rolling out some new features based around navigation, transit and personal safety over the last couple of weeks, and today news had emerged of a new feature in India created to help passengers stay safe in Navigation mode. You can launch music, send messages to friends, or call people, but you can also have the Assistant report traffic or help you avoid tolls while navigating. We'd love to see Google make this available in the USA just to keep cab drivers honest.

But even more importantly, you'll be able to use voice commands to access some of the favorite Waze features.

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"Hey, Google, find an alternate route".

Google Maps is also gaining the ability to show autorickshaws in its mixed-mode commute suggestions, with an interface which will also display the estimated auto fare. However, it's not exactly something you should use because Google Maps will try to get you back on track every time you make an unexpected turn.

To enable this feature, when you get into the cab type in the destination and tap the Stay safer button at the bottom of the screen. As of today, however, the feature is only available in India; there's no word whether it will roll out globally or not.

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