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Google redesigns Maps app, adds details on public transit safety, accessibility

February 6, 2020


Google on Thursday unveiled a redesigned version of its Maps app, with new features that tell people how cold or warm a train might be, or what local events are going on nearby. The company announced the news to coincide with Google Maps’ 15th birthday.

The new feature for “transit attributes” gives people information on the conditions on public transit based on details shared by past riders. For example, people can see if there’s a security officer on board or if there’s an accessibility entrance or seating. In regions where trains have designated women’s cars, the app will let people know whether or not passengers abide by that rule.

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