With people staying at home, as advised by government officials, eating out is not exactly an option available at the moment. Studies have shown that social distance, adequate hygiene and personal protective equipment are crucial to prevent the transmission of SARS-VOC-2. As such, as food is crucial and restaurants are considered essential services, many establishments now offer delivery services, take-out food, or both. Thus, a new update that arrives at Google Maps makes it easier to find others nearby.
Google is updating its location services platform this week, which will adjust the main interface. Similar to the shortcuts that were previously presented when users open the app, “Takeout” and “Delivery” are highlighted. 9to5Google confirms that these two have been accessible for a while. However, adjustments made by the Internet research company automatically keep them visible by default.
In their current state, Google Maps shortcuts work similarly to the rest. This means that clicking on a restaurant does not start food delivery services, such as Uber Eats or DoorDash. There are no hints that application integration will end soon. Thus, Android and iOS users would still need to manually call these restaurants to place their orders. This trend is likely to continue until the coronavirus pandemic is under control.
In the meantime, the update is expected to be released globally soon, but those in the United States and France are confirming that it is active. Those who used the app before this change have already reported a shortcut on COVID-19 that opens Google Search with relevant links. Those looking for medical facilities were also requested with the same option.
Even those who are not using the Maps function will notice that typing restaurants directly into Google Search will produce similar results. Based on the user’s location, the listed dining establishments will show check marks below that indicate whether dining, delivery or food options are available.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is actively pushing for awareness of the virus. In fact, the agency hopes to signal any kind of misinformation posted online. In a recent article, Facebook is allegedly doing its part by cracking down on fake news and unofficial posts related to COVID-19. Google is also helping, directing users with concerns regarding the appropriate channels.