Google Maps now tells you how crowded your bus or train is during lockdown

Google now shows users how busy buses and trains are through its Map application to help socially-distance during the coronavirus outbreak.

The tech giant has now added 250 to the service since the beginning of the pandemic – including a Covid-19 layer in June, which provided health alerts.

And the latest Google Maps update is intended to help when social-distancing on crowded public transport.

It uses real-time location data to show how many people are on-board a bus or train at any given time.

The firm has been using estimates of how busy services are at certain times, but this will be the first time Google Maps provides up-to-the-minute information.

Another new feature will also show how long delivery times are likely to be while ordering through the app.

Aome of Britain’s most rewatchable and nostalgic movies are also being scattered across Google Maps to watch for free in a virtual lockdown Easter egg hunt.



The update is one of 250 introduced since the beginning of the pandemic

Google is encouraging people to rediscover and download films including Skyfall and Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Around 40 of the 50 top rewatchable films from the last 50 years, as chosen by the BFI, will be hidden in UK locations relating to where they were set, discoverable on Google Maps.

Clues will be released ahead of the Google Pixel Presents Mobile Cinema launch at the end of November.

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Google has also revealed that searches for “what to watch” doubled during the first lockdown, and have started rising again in recent weeks as England entered its second lockdown.

Soniya Jobanputra, product manager for Google Pixel, said: “As we enter another lockdown, we know that people are seeking familiarity; and find comfort in being able to reconnect to stories and characters that they know and love.

“Google Pixel Presents Mobile Cinema will allow the nation to rediscover these films from our past and instantly transport themselves, whether they’re on the sofa, in the park, or moving between rooms – Pixel 5G will allow you to download and watch these films instantly.”