San Francisco, June 11: As part of the new experimental features Google is trying out and adding on Google Maps, the search engine giant has brought forth a trial version of an “Off-route” alert feature, exclusively in India for now. Also Read - Mysterious Bean-Shaped Structure Spotted Along Kochi Coast on Google Earth, Experts Baffled | See Pic

Intended to keep users safe while they are riding in a taxi, the “Off-route” feature would notify users everytime their cab gets sidetracked from the intended course by 500 metres, XDA Developers reported on Monday. Also Read - Google Maps Will Be More Useful With 4 New AI Advancements | Details Here

Besides ensuring users’ safety, the feature is also intended to help them avoid being tricked by a cab driver while travelling to an unfamiliar part of the city. Also Read - With Google Maps on Phone, Now You Can Find Nearest COVID Vaccine And Testing Centre | Here’s How  

On sensing a wrong route, the feature would not re-route the driver, but send alerts on the users’ phones.

For now, it remains unclear if users of Google Maps in other countries are also getting the test “Off-route” feature or not.

Details about the experimental feature along with its public availability remain unannounced.

Lately, Google has been updating Maps with a plethora of features including a speedometer and support for showing radar locations.

The company also launched three new public transport features including live train status, to help Map users in 10 of the largest cities in India to see bus travel times from live traffic, get live train status for Indian Railways and get mixed-mode commute suggestions that now combine auto-rickshaw and public transport.