Google has announced new features in Google Maps and Assistant that promise to help folks at Carnival 2019. Android and iPhone (iOS) releases include a feature that can monitor city street blocks so that those interested in losing the trio pass by an unforeseen traffic. The app sends notifications of the closed roads during the revelry, as well as displaying the traditional traffic conditions in real time, according to the locality. In addition, the Assistant informs the contact of public utility services such as Military Police, Emergency Room, Fire Department and Women's Police.
Another Google investment is dedicated to the protection of women and allows sexual harassment victims to report bullying. For this, the command "Ok Google, how to report sexual harassment" was incorporated into the platform and the result is contacts of protection agencies to speed up the process. The measure comes in an effort to combat the cases of increased physical integrity of women that increase during this period and the result of the partnership with the NGO Think Olga, focused on awareness and female empowerment.
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Google launches exclusive features in Maps and Carnival Assistant Photo: Divulgao / Google
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Google Maps is already in the mood for Carnival revelry. When using the navigation mode on your phone, you can replace the icon that indicates the route on the map with a colorful electric trio, very common at this time of year. Maps offers three types of personalization, so people can choose the symbol that most represents their carnival energy. The feature listed in Brazil and are only available for car mode navigation.
The location service will also send notifications about major public transport route changes. The platform will inform about the interdictions and other changes that may occur in the traffic flow of the cities of So Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. That way, even those who do not like the biggest popular party in Brazil can be programmed to escape the stress of traffic jams, for example.
Google helps find Carnival blocks 2019 with Maps and Assistant Photo: Reproduction / TechTudo
With Google's new features for this Carnival, you can discover blocks or other events that occur near you with the help of a task: Google Maps, Google Assistant or Search, enhanced to indicate this type of service. This way, the user gets more options to program for the revelry according to his preferences.
On Maps, you can find the main street blocks of the cities of Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo. A highlight of the tool is in the path of the blocks, which are highlighted on the map in real time. That is, you do not risk arriving on a street where the block has already passed and can go straight to meet the event.
Through Search you can talk to Google Assistant on your smartphone to find the blocks of various cities in the country. Google has developed this feature in partnership with Grupo Mexerica to enable the feature, just say "Ok Google, talk to street blocks" and choose where you want to enjoy the carnival.
Despite the excitement in the streets of Brazil, this is also a sensitive period due to the increase in the number of sexual harassment against women. That's why Google has partnered with the NGO Think Olga to launch a new feature in Google Assistant dedicated to helping women in these situations. The tool is used for denunciations and immediately activates protection devices.
To enable the feature, just speak next to the smartphone: "Ok Google, how to report sexual harassment". The application's system will display the contacts of the Women in Violence Call Center (180) and the Military Police (190), as well as indicate the NGO's website for more information on the topic.
Google Assistant has support for harassment reporting Photo: Disclosure / Google
Google Assistant can also be used for fun commands designed exclusively for the holiday season. Those interested can go from curiosities to ideas for costumes. To initiate contact, say "Ok Google" and try some suggestions like: "Give me a fantasy tip for Carnival?", "Where are you going to spend Carnival?", "What if it rains at Carnival?" or "What do you know about Carnival?" In addition, here's a list of suggested questions and commands to ask the Assistant:
- Do you like Carnival?
- Are you going to skip Carnival?
- What are your plans for Carnival?
- Where will you spend Carnival?
- What is your favorite samba school?
- What if crush doesn't want me at Carnival?
- Where is the best place to spend Carnival?
- Are you going to dress up at Carnival?
- Create a samba school storyline
- Create a Carnival Block Name
- What do you know about Carnival?
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