Google Maps Now Shows How Busy the Subway Cars Are – So People Can Avoid Pandemic Crowds

20th August, 2021.      //   General Interest  // 


Because the pandemic’s severity varies throughout the world, the new normal takes on diverse forms depending on where you travel.

Regardless of your circumstances, Google Maps offers some new capabilities to assist you in navigating and exploring as securely as possible.

It’s no surprise that during the early days of the epidemic, transportation ridership plummeted. While people are returning to public transportation—transit instructions on Maps have increased by 50% in the United States since last year—safety remains a key priority.

That’s why Google Maps is expanding transit crowdedness forecasts to over 10,000 transit agencies in 100 countries, so you’ll know if your line is likely to have plenty of available seats, be completely packed, or fall somewhere in the middle.

You can decide whether to board or wait for another train based on this information. Because no one enjoys standing in a crowded train vehicle, epidemic or not.

These forecasts are made possible by our artificial intelligence technology, inputs from Google Maps users, and historical location trends that estimate future crowdedness levels for transportation routes across the world.

‘All of these forecasts were made with privacy in mind. Google said in a statement: “We apply world-class anonymization technology and differential privacy techniques to Location History data to make sure your data remains secure and private.”

We’re testing the ability to observe real-time crowdedness data down to the transport vehicle level in New York and Sydney.

Data from organisations such as the Long Island Rail Road and Transport for New South Wales is used to power this function, and more cities will be added shortly.

So, how is the crowdedness of public transportation in the United States changing? New York City, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C. are among the top cities with the longest queues.

You’ll have the best chance of getting a seat at 9 a.m., whereas vehicles may only have standing room between 7-8 a.m.

In the evening, departing before rush hour increases your chances of getting a seat, since lines are much shorter around 3 p.m. than they are between 4-5 p.m.


Be intentional with your time


People have informed us that after experiencing a worldwide epidemic, they want to be more conscious about how they spend their time. The new Timeline Insights page, which is solely accessible to you, can assist you in doing so.

If you’re an Android user who’s enabled Location History, you’ll notice a new tab in your Timeline (tap on your profile photo, then Your Timeline) that shows monthly patterns on how you’re getting about the world.

You’ll be able to see the forms of transportation you’ve used, as well as the distance and time spent driving, flying, biking, or walking. You can also check how much time you spent in other locations, such as shopping, airports, and restaurants, and dig down to see all of the locations you visited.


Reminisce about previous journeys and make plans for future ones when you’re in a safe environment.

If you’re nostalgic but not quite ready to go, check out the Trips in Timeline tab, which is now available to all Android users.

Use Trips in Timeline to revisit specific aspects of previous holidays, such as which hotels you stayed at during that epic trip to Tokyo or which restaurants you frequented on your weekend break.

Are you making preparations in advance? Export these locations to a list and share them with others who are looking for vacation ideas.

If you need to make changes to your data, you may do it straight from your private Timeline—in bulk, in line, or with auto-delete controls.

It will take some getting accustomed to this ever-changing ‘normal,’ but Google Maps is here to help you find your bearings. Check out a few more useful tips for using Google Maps on Android or iOS to help you plan and get about.

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