Google adds SOS feature on Maps and Search for emergencies


Google has launched a new safety feature for Search and Maps that will help you during time of emergencies The feature is aimed at making emergency information more accessible during a natural or human-caused crisis.

You will see an SOS Alert at the top of search results when searching for the incident or location during a time of crisis. Information about crises will be available in the primary languages of affected areas, and in English. Search result we show maps, top stories, authoritative local information such as emergency phone numbers, websites, and translations of useful phrases. Depending on how close you are to the affected area, you may also get a notification on your mobile device that directs you to this information.

If you are not currently in the affected area of the crisis but still want to stay updated on what’s happening, you will be able to get a different SOS Alert that showcases a chronological overview of events that are happening and also provides details for donation opportunities. In addition to Search, Google Maps also gets the SOS feature. A specific icon will be added on the map and a tappable card with more information about the crisis, such as helpful phone numbers and websites. The map will also include real-time updates, like road closures and traffic and transit updates.


Author: Sneha Bokil

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