As part of the many new features Google is experimenting with and adding on Maps, the search engine giant is testing an “Off-route” alert feature, exclusively in India for now. Intended to keep users safe while they are riding in a taxi, the “Off-route” feature of Google Maps would notify users every time their cab gets sidetracked from the intended course by 500 meters, XDA reported on Monday. Also Read - Google now lets you set interesting avatars as your profile photo
Besides ensuring users’ safety, the feature is also intended to help them avoid being tricked by a cab driver while traveling to an unfamiliar part of the city. On sensing a wrong route, the feature would not re-route the driver, but send alerts on the users’ phones. Also Read - YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps stops working on these phones from today: Check if your phone is in the list
For now, it remains unclear if users of Google Maps in other countries are also getting the test “off-route” feature or not. Details about the experimental feature along with its public availability remains unannounced. Lately, Google has been updating Maps with a plethora of features including a speedometer and support for showing radar locations. Also Read - Google warns Chrome users of a huge security threat: Check if you are affected, how to stay safe
The company also launched three new public transport features including live train status, to help Map users in 10 of the largest cities in India to see bus travel times from live traffic, get live train status for Indian Railways and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport.