When Uber started out in the UK there were a few stories of rogue drivers, such as the one that took a passenger on a 35-mile detour and charged her £85 for the journey after she fell asleep. Now, Google Maps looks to be testing a new feature that will alert passengers when the taxi they’re in goes off route. Spotted by XDA Developers, Google is currently testing the alert feature in India. Screenshots show that when navigating a car route in Maps, there is a new button which says “Stay Safer”. Clicking on the button brings up a new screen that has two functions, one named “Share Live Trip” which allows you to share live progress of your journey with friends, as well as “Get off-route alerts”. According to XDA Developers, Maps will send users an alert to their phone every time the car is side-tracked from the intended course by 500 metres. The feature is important because it will allow you to ensure you’re not being taken to a wrong destination, particularly handy if you’re travelling in a different city, and by having the friends tracking feature too, it will help people feel safer when they’re taking cab… Read full this story
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