The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of lives, and many companies are helping with whatever they can. Google decided to help India and make sure everyone finds shelter and food. Google Maps has started to show locations for food, starting in Delhi. Google also added that the service will show accommodations and will be launching in 30 cities with an update.
“As the COVID-19 situation develops, we are making a concerted effort to build solutions that help people during these times of need. Highlighting the locations of food and night shelters on Google Maps is a step to make this information easily available to the users in need, and ensure they can avail the food and shelter services being provided by the government authorities,” says Anal Ghosh, Sr. Program Manager, Google India
As of now, this service can be availed using Google search and Google Assistant too. Users can search using the term “Food Shelter” or “night Shelters” if such a facility is available nearby, and you will see results accordingly.
Currently, this feature only supports the English language, but the company plans to add support for Hindi as well. Google Map update will add quick-access shortcuts below the search bar in the app.
As the country is in a 21-day lockdown, many were hit with food and shelter shortage. The state governments have been taking steps to tackle this problem and Google providing this feature will surely help people in need to find resources without hassle.