With one-third of the world under lockdown due to the coronavirus, people are finding it hard to stock up the grocery items and even source food. Despite being termed as essential services, many restaurants have shut their services and are not open for deliveries even. In India particularly, the restaurants are allowed to carry out delivery or takeaway services but some restaurants are still finding it difficult to continue services despite a green signal. Meanwhile, Google Maps has come up with an interesting feature that would let people know about the restaurants that are delivering.
As per 9to5 Google, Google Maps has added two new shortcuts to the list of shortcuts on its mobile app. The takeaway and delivery short appears alongside the shortcuts for restaurants, chemists, petrol, ATM etc. When you click on the Delivery option, you will be presented with a list of nearby restaurants that are delivering in your area. Similarly, when you click on the Takeaway option the list of restaurants that are providing takeaway options will be provided to you.
These Takeaway and Delivery options are available for both Android and iOS users in the US, India and other parts of the world.
Many people who live away from their parents and in different cities rely on food for either restaurants or delivery apps like Swiggy and Zomato. A day after the lockdown was announced, the delivery apps completely stopped functioning because the delivery executives were heckled by the local goons and police. However, after much ado, the services limped to normalcy. In some areas, Swiggy and Zomato couldn’t function effectively because the restaurants had stopped operating.
Now with Google Maps’ new feature, people will be able to find the restaurants that are delivering in their area.
Earlier, Google using Google Maps is gathering information regarding the crowded places people are visiting. This new feature by Google is being called COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports.
The reports are being obtained after tracking the movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places. The places include retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.
Google also states that public health officials use this data to make critical decisions regarding COVID-19.
In India’s case, Google’s mobility graph shows a lot of movement between 16th February to 29th March. Interestingly, the country went under complete lockdown on March 24.