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A safer way to share your ETA, now on iOS

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IMG_0626.jpgCaption: An illustration from the Google Maps app that shows two people in different locations communicating with one another.

“Over 10% of drivers on the road right now are talking on a cell phone, more than doubling their chances of an accident,” said Samuel Mclean, a product manager on Google Maps. “And 37% of people admit to texting while driving, which is six times more dangerous than driving intoxicatedbut we see this happen all the time. Research tells us ETA updates are a particularly common culprit, where social etiquette trumps safety.”

 

If you’re running late, you may be tempted to take your eyes off the road to text your friends where you are. But with journey sharing on Google Maps, you don’t have to. Your friends can just check the map to see where you are, in real-time.

 

JourneySharing_iOS_1.gifCaption: A gif of a phone showing the journey sharing feature on Google Maps in action.

To share your journey, start your navigation on Google Maps. Tap the ˄ button and then on “Share trip progress.” Then, choose who you want to share your location with. The most recent update allows you to easily share your location across 3rd party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and more. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll automatically stop sharing your location.

 

“The idea of this feature is to give people a better, safer way to let friends and family know how their journey is going,” Samuel said. “The person waiting for you can see your route, your destination, and an ETA that will change as the traffic does. This is better for themthey get constant, accurate updatesand it's better for you since you can keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.”

 

Journey sharing first launched on Android last year, but the new and improved version is now also available on iOS.

 

“One thing people may not know is that this feature can be used for different modes of transportation, such as cycling and walking. It’s a great way to let your loved ones know what’s up no matter how you’re getting from place to place,” Samuel said. “In our research, we see that people who use this feature are less likely to pull out their phone if they're running late, and we hope that will make the roads a little bit safer for everyone.”

65 Comments
Level 10

Thanks for sharing @AriMar. It will be great help for Apple users...

Level 8

Hi @AriMar.

Wow. That's a great news for iOS users.. This seems to be a cool feature too. Thanks for sharing with us! :)

Level 10

Wow! This is super-useful! :)

Thanks a lot! I mainly use iOS for Google Maps navigation in my car, due to better integration, and this is something I will love!

Thanks!

Level 10

Cool! this feature has been very useful for me so far, I don't drive but it helps get my family (and me) worry-free when I'm going back home from places that aren't so safe. I'm sure there are other uses as good too ☺️

Thank you for sharing, @AriMar! And thanks to the team that made it happen too! I will tell the iPhone users I know about this.

Level 4

 Its a Good features

Level 7

I @AriMar I appreciate that feature on Google Maps. It is really very helpful for both sides. I was using few years before on BlackBerry phones but later on disappeared and now again thank you for this facility.

 

Regards:

 

Safdar Rai 

Level 5

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كم هو جميل ان تشارك اصدقائك  ومن تحب يلا على السوق الصيني احلا مكان للتسوق 

Level 10

Cool feature. Great news for the iOS users

Level 8

Best feature for IOS users thank you @AriMar sharing a most useful feature...

Level 9

Thanks @AriMar!

A curiosity: is it possible to simultaneously share their journeys between the two same people?


For example, Marco and Luca decide to meet in the city for dinner and come from two different areas: Marco begins to share his journey with Luca, Luca in turn can share his journey with Marco, so they both know exactly where  is the other?

 

Bye,

David

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Es impresionante la evolución que tiene esta opción @AriMar, es muy bien venida, gracias por compartir esta noticia. Estoy seguro que ayudará a muchos automovilistas a conducir seguros fuera de la vista de un móvil 

 

Farid

Level 8

Wow! Just surprised to see this announcement.  @AriMar Thanks for introduce us  about this update..

Happy Guiding! 

Googler

 @davidhyno Yes you can! Great question.

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An update iOS users have been waiting for long long time!

 

Great!

Level 6

Amazing! It´s good news for Apple users. I have Android but the most part of my friends have IOs and this will be helpful for us when we want to meet. Thank you for the information @AriMar

Level 5

Thanks for the information! 

Level 10

It is a good feature. 

Level 7

Thank you so much @AriMar for useful tips.

 

Amazing, useful auto communication & LIFE SAVING App. One need not inform where they are located before reaching their destination (of a friend or relatives or office etc ) and keep them informed without using the phone.

 

Kudos & Credits to AriMar Googler

 

@AriMar

 

 

 

 

This facility is available for the users from both ends mutually.

I would request all, yes ALL, including your friends to share this information in their respective accounts in their social sites because for both types of phones it is applicable mutually as clarified by AriMar.

Is that right!

@AriMar

Level 9

good develeopment towards saafer journey. hatts off to gmaps team

Level 8

I love how Maps is bringing loved one's closer and closer and helping reduce the anxiety people have with road travel. Excellent work team :)

Level 10

Hi, @AriMar

Thanks for sharing this with us this is very helpful for iOS user thanks developing this feature. This could be great addition in Google Maps 

 

Level 9

@AriMar thanks so much! This is great! 

Level 7

It’s Great  Feature Thank You @AriMar For  Sharing Us 

Level 6

That's grate news for iOS yours 👍👍

Level 10

Thank you @AriMar for sharing this useful information. 

Level 9

Great tip @AriMar!! My wife will really happy with this useful feature 👍😆😉

Level 9

Android user sgin in~!! hahaaa

Level 4

Super cool. Thanks!

Level 8
Thanks google maps team, i really like this features in iOS
Level 5

科技始終來自於人性,好貼心的設定

Level 4

Noticed that feature there for a long time - but only finally integrated with 3rd party messaging apps. Well done!!

Level 7
Wow! This is super cool!
Level 1

i just started thss groop haw duss it wrck

Level 4

.Follow up.  Nice info

Level 8
Great for Iphone user thank
Level 7

Gracias por compartir la información. Ahora a utilizarlo.

Level 1

Good! Thanks you

Thank you very much for the useful information. 

 @kleib643 ..Real experience will be more exciting than being an audience or spectator. So, enter the Arena play the "game"  & have fun of the group for pleasure and Social Service..

All the best.

Level 5

I think it's a very good idea, about hundred of people died daily in road accident in Africa. With these good innovative we can reduce road accident. Good work Samuel 

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Hope @KarenVChin is happy with this update :) enjoy :)

It's very useful and helpful for Family's.,friends, any groups,Business development teams etc. Any sectors 

We can  care our Relation 

Level 8

It's Very helpful.

Level 9

thanks @AriMar for the sharing 

Level 3

This is great for our new drivers.  As a mom I always worry when they are driving, now I can check and make sure their journey is going as planned without worrying about them answering the phone if I call to see if they made it to their destination.

 

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Yayyy! iOS users, let us rejoice with this great news! Thanks @IlankovanT for tagging me!

 

Cheers,

Karen

Level 4

Quick question after giving permission to share location will it continue to share automatically 

خبر خوبی هست، مخصوصا در کشور من که تصادف رانندگی بسیار زیاد است