Google Maps extends transit crowdedness to 100 countries

The predictions are made possible through its AI technology, contributions from people using Google Maps.

By   |  Published: 21st Jul 2021  4:43 pm

Hyderabad: In order to help commuters be safe in the new normal, Google Maps is rolling out new tools to help you navigate and explore as safely as possible.

“While people are returning to public transit — with transit directions on Maps increasing 50 per cent compared to last year in the US — safety remains top of mind. That’s why we’re expanding transit crowdedness predictions to over 10,000 transit agencies in 100 countries so you’ll know if your line is likely to have lots of open seats, hit full capacity, or be anywhere in between,” the company said in a blog post.

With this information you can decide whether you want to hop on board or wait for another train. Because pandemic or not, no one likes standing in a jam-packed subway car, it added.

The predictions are made possible through its AI technology, contributions from people using Google Maps, and historical location trends that predict future crowdedness levels for transit lines all over the world. All these predictions were designed with privacy in mind. The company claims to apply world-class anonymisation technology and differential privacy techniques to location history data to make sure your data remains secure and private.


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