Google Expands Covid-19 Travel Information in Search, Now With Alerts
Google is expanding Covid-19 information added to its travel-related search results last year with a new alert system. This is based on a recent Blog post from the search giant, detailing the new features. Specifically, in addition to a few other changes, the company now allows users to see alerts on changing restrictions by region. Build on last year’s tool it was just showing that information by search.
As long as users are signed in to their Google account, they will now see a toggle on those search results. This toggle reads “Receive email if these instructions change” and does just that. If restrictions are added, lifted, or reduced for a location searched in any of Google’s travel-related products, users will be notified. With updates provided by country and state specific information available in the United States.
In addition, the company adds more details to the results. So if users need to quarantine themselves upon arrival, for example, the search results will notify them. This will also include details on whether or not to provide proof of test results or vaccination records.
Google also made more interesting changes to travel-related search engines.
the giant search does not leave its changes to coronavirus updates. And it’s not just the flights affected by these alerts.
Instead, the company also redesigned the Explore tab, now located on Google’s dedicated travel site. And this redesign allows users to search for different types of travel far beyond just flying to a destination. Specifically, users can search for smaller towns, national parks, and more, filtering by points of interest. So if users want to go outdoors, beach, skiing, or any other activity, it can be sorted.
To offset any confusion that might cause, Google claims that selecting flights only in “Travel Mode” will only reveal cities with an airport. And of course, users will see travel advisories and restrictions alongside other information returned by its search engine. So it will appear alongside other trip planning tools.
For those who are more interested in a road trip, Google Maps also receives a similar update. Namely, the tool can now help desktop users enter a start point and end point and then select different types of locations to stop along the way. Thus, users will be able to select hotels, parks, campgrounds, etc., and those locations will be highlighted on the map for selection. Their selection, conversely, adds them to the trip as a stop. Then the routes can be sent to a phone via SMS, email or the Maps app.
If plans change while you’re on the road, you can easily update your trip from your phone. Swipe up during navigation to find new stops along the way or to delete previously scheduled stops.
But wait, there is more
Now all of this is rolling out from today. So users should already see them. But Google has also updated the Google Maps app to adapt. Namely, by including a swipe up feature, while navigating, which will help users find new stops along the way. Or delete the previously scheduled stops.