Google’s GPS app, Waze, announced that information related to COVID-19 and critical locations, such as emergency food distribution locations, has been added to its maps.
Although Waze, thanks to its community of users and map editors, already displays the latest information about roads and traffic sent in real time by the people using the app, the maps will now also show relevant COVID-19 oriented information and locations “critical” to makes it “easier for drivers to navigate their essential journeys”.
The company partnered with No Kid Hungry and WhyHunger to add tens of thousands of emergency food distribution locations in the U.S. to the map. In addition, Waze sought out its existing partners for more information on how road conditions have changed since the outbreak, including more road closures, the location of medical test centers and food distribution centers.
To support small businesses, the company has also started to identify locations that offer drive-thru or sidewalk pick-up, so that customers know where they can safely meet their essential needs, avoiding as much contact as possible.
As always, Waze encourages its users to send as much map information as possible, especially during a crisis like this.
– waze (@waze) April 15, 2020
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