During the Google for Philippines event held today, February 13, it was announced that the Google Maps app will be rolling out a very helpful tool that all motorists living in Metro Manila will appreciate. The Number Coding option will be made available within the Google Maps app this month.
Here’s how it works: When you plot a new destination, the app will ask you to input your vehicle’s plate number. With this info, Google Maps will then choose a route that avoids all restricted roads. If there’s no choice but to pass a restricted road, the app will inform you as well.
Google will be working very closely with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), of course, so that all the information is up to date and the restricted roads are accurate. Sounds pretty cool. We can’t wait to use this feature when it becomes available. We don’t want to get busted for coding ever again.
But there’s more: Another highlighted feature is the navigation mode for motorcycles, which will display shortcuts that aren’t accessible to cars. It is already available on Android devices.
During the presentation, some interesting stats were shared with us. Did you know that we spend a total of 16 days a year sitting in Metro Manila traffic? Shocking, right? And when it comes to finding destinations more easily, 12 million buildings are now searchable on Google Maps.
Information is power, it seems. Anything that will save us time on the road is a welcome development. And so is being able to use our cars, even during coding days.