Google has today announced that in the coming week, they will be rolling out a feature to Google Maps that will make it very easy to keep a track of your loved ones, or share your own location. In a post, Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps said that “Location sharing on Google Maps is rolling worldwide over the coming week and you’ll be able to quickly let your friends and family know where you are and when you’ll get where you’re going.”
The feature is supposed to allow people to share their real-time location, which Google Maps collects anyway, with their contacts using Google services or even any messaging app. The company says that the service will work on both mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps. This can be done by opening up the side menu in Google Maps and selecting “share location.” Users can define how long they want Google to transmit their location to selected contacts and you will also be able to terminate the share at any point of time.
While many would consider the possibility of abuse in such a system, the feature could benefit many. Parents can keep a track of their children while they commute to and from school/university/outings. Editors could keep a track of investigative journalists who are out in the field, entering into dangerous situations. However, the biggest group that could benefit from this service are the women in our country who are constantly worried about their safety.
Google has said that they will be flipping the switch on the feature and it will be made avaialble world-wide within the week. The service can be used across the desktop, mobile app and mobile browser while being available for both Android and iOS.