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If you've ever been in a taxi or auto-rickshaw in India then you'll know how terrifying it can be. When you're not weaving in and out of rush hour traffic in one of the busiest cities in the world, you're dodging children, cows and potholes at high speeds - usually without the option of a seat belt. However, it's the distrust of drivers which seems to be putting locals off using this form of transport. Today, Google Maps rolled out a 'Stay Safer' feature which they hope will be a solution.
Amanda Bishop, Product Manager of Google Maps said: "Through our extensive research across India, we found that a lot of people limit their mobility due to safety-related concerns.
"To address this, we are launching another India-first feature that will deliver a more relevant and reliable experience to our users."
The feature works by alerting and notifying users if their taxi or auto-rickshaw goes off-route and allows them to share their live status with friends and family. 'Stay Safer' is available on Android phones with the latest version of Google Maps.
Amanda continued: "Our new 'Stay Safer' feature on Google Maps will alert users who are travelling in taxis, auto-rickshaws etc. in case their vehicle goes off route, giving them peace of mind. At Google Maps, we are committed to helping make journeys safe and hassle-free and look forward to bringing more experiences like this to India and beyond."
It's a shame that such measures have to be taken in this day and age, but credit to Google Maps for using their power and technology for good. India is a huge place, and not everyone has their own their own vehicle so being able to trust public transport could be a game changer.
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