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Marco Green
June 27, 2019

Named "Stay Safer", the new feature will alert and notify users when their taxis or auto-rickshaws go off-route. As they no longer have to worry about their rides or have a constant check on their map to see whether the driver is on the correct route. "This might be a good reminder to actually pull out a map to look at your area so that you know detour route for yourself and of course, make sure that you have your safety and your family's safety in mind all the time no matter which route to take", said Monsees. Next time when you board an Uber or Ola from the airport, railway station or from a friend's place at midnight anywhere in India, keep your Google Maps on.

Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Google Maps (v10.19.1 and higher). The option is available at the bottom right corner of the screen next to the Start navigation button.

In order to use the feature, first, the user needs to ensure that the Google Maps application is up-to-date on their Android smartphone. The new feature alerts users traveling in autorickshaws and taxis when their vehicle goes off-route and also shares the live status of the trip with the user's family and friends. In case the driver deviates from the designated drop route for 500 metres, your phone would buzz with a prominent notification - informing you about the deviation and you can promptly alert the cab-hailing service, near and dear ones, or even cops. Now they simply have to search for a destination and the option for "Stay Safer" feature will appear.

"Through our extensive research across India, we found that a lot of people limit their mobility due to safety-related concerns". When the users click on that notification, they will be able to check their current location and compare it with the originally suggested route. " - said Amanda Bishop, Product Manager, Google Maps, during the announcement".

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