Google Maps is not just your usual map service. It already offers satellite images, aerial photographs, street maps, real-time traffic conditions and route planning. The map service has now improved its SOS alerts and will soon implement the display of the crisis forecast in several cities in India that start in Patna and then expand into the Ganges and Brahmaputra regions. With the help of the updated crisis alert system, Google maps can warn and direct users to leave the city safely and quickly.
The new update on Google Maps can be very helpful in India, which suffers regularly due to flooding and is home to more than 20 percent of deaths related to floods in the world. With the help of Maps, you can obtain flood forecasts and see the areas where floods are likely to occur, in addition to their severity.
Google Maps can save your life during floods
“This card will direct you to a hurricane forecast cone, which shows the prediction of the storm’s trajectory along with information about what time it is likely to reach certain areas, so you can use this information to plan how to react.”
The SOS function was initially announced two years ago and was used to display crisis information, news, related social media posts and emergency numbers. Users will now be shown detailed views of hurricanes, earthquakes and floods and also information related to the crisis, which will help them plan the evacuation process. The navigation warning features will reach Google Maps in the coming months on the iOS and Android platforms.
“In the days before a hurricane, you will see a crisis notification card in Google Maps that appears automatically if you are near the affected area,” explains Hannah Stulberg, Google Maps Product Manager. “This card will direct you to a hurricane forecast cone, which shows the prediction of the storm’s trajectory along with information about what time it is likely to reach certain areas, so you can use this information to plan how to react.” .
Google Maps will also show a crisis card for earthquakes, floods, etc. After the earthquake, the Maps will show the map of shocks that shows the epicenter, the magnitude and the affected environment. The forecast of hurricanes and earthquake maps will begin to be implemented in the coming weeks on Android, iOS, desktop and mobile web. Later this summer, users will see a prominent alert if their route is affected by a crisis activity.
The hurricane forecasting cones and earthquake maps will begin to be implemented on iOS, Android, desktop computers and the mobile web around the world in the coming weeks. The flood forecast visualizations will be unique to India, where floods occur frequently. And the navigation warnings will reach iOS and Android this summer.