With more Canadians returning to work and public transit ridership increasing, Google updated its Map features to include more information on crowds by refining its predictions on busy times so that users can more easily avoid crowded stations and reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
To do this, Google will surface more live data and times on transit departure boards through its app. To find this information, users can search for their transit station on Google Maps or click on the station when they see it on the app. In addition to including more data on busyness, Google Maps will now notify users if their final destination may be impacted by government border restrictions as well.
In the near future, Google will be adding more pandemic-specific features to the app, including more in-depth information on COVID-19 testing centers to ensure that users are aware of appointment requirements and whether or not the center has drive-through testing available.
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