With travel picking up again following COVID-19 lockdown, Apple Maps is now alerting users who travel internationally of localized self-isolation guidance.
The feature was pointed out on Twitter by Kyle Seth Gray, who said he received a message after being at the airport. The pop-up notification pointed him to official guidance online. It also included a message that advised Gray to “stay home and watch [his] health for 14 days” in accordance with rules.
Apple Maps now sends you a notification if you’ve recently been to an airport pic.twitter.com/BJSs2c6CQM
— Kyle Seth Gray (@kylesethgray) July 24, 2020
Apple has taken multiple steps to advise users during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, it began showing coronavirus testing locations on Apple Maps. It also released a mobility data trends tool, based on data from Apple Maps, to show the extent to which people around the world are staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
More notably, Apple teamed with Google to launch a coronavirus track-and-trace API. However, the tech has not yet been implemented in the United States. Only four states have so far said they will use it — and none have yet implemented it.
The new Apple Maps alerts, on the other hand, don’t require states to develop their own apps and roll them out to users. Instead, it’s a push notification that can be sent out to users right away. And hopefully help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the process.
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