The company further noted it's working with a domestic abuse agency, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), to research into how to best protect the online privacy of people dealing with abusive relationships.
Remembering where their vehicle is parked is a huge hassle for drivers in the big city, especially when the parking lot or building is huge and sprawling.
If any of this sounds familiar, that's because Google has tried this idea before. No, the search giant isn't doing it without your permission - it is actually a very cool new feature.
Google also introduced several other updates to other apps on Wednesday, including adding file sharing to its messaging app Allo, audio calls to its video chat service Duo, and improvements to Google Photos backup capabilities. To track someone else's location, you can use one of those phones, as well as the mobile web and desktop computers.
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After you download the update, open the Google Maps app and tap the blue dot that's marking your current location. Tap "Share location" and then select who to share with and how long to share-and you're done!
You can do this by sharing with Google contacts or by sending a link through messenger apps. "You can change your mind and stop sharing at any time - it's entirely up to you", says Daniel Resnick, Engineering manager, Google Maps.
The people you selected or sent the link to will get a notification that you're sharing your location with them. You can turn off location sharing for a specific person at any given time. It's a bit like Apple's Find My Friends app, but we think it'll be way more useful built into Maps rather than needing to keep in mind to open a second app. The only other downside (besides the manual activation of the feature) is that it can only be used to set one parking location.
As outlined on the firm's blog, sharing your whereabouts couldn't be easier.