Google Maps is attempting to be as accurate as possible using crowdsourced data to navigate.

crowdsourced data to navigate

Google Maps has become an indispensable tool in our life, whether for navigation or simply knowing where we are. And you’ll have to consent to it if you want to keep using it. But you were already doing it anyhow. Now, Google Maps will use crowdsourced data to improve its service.

The navigation capabilities, including turn-to-turn navigation, allow us to go to destinations without getting lost and have come in use ever since I started driving a car because I usually tend to make wrong turns and wind up getting lost.

According to 9to5Google, Google Maps users will now be shown notification on how crowdsourced data is vital for the program, and you’ll have to accept if you want to continue using these features.

For the record, this is not a new phenomenon. Google has always utilized your data, including where you are now, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. They use it for many of Google Maps’ important functions, such as forecasting traffic, calculating journey times, and determining the shortest path to a location, whether you’re walking or driving. Nothing is changing in that regard.

crowdsourced data to navigate

Google is asking for the permission:

Google is just relying on your permission to continue sharing that data because it is mandatory to function. You must agree to allow Google to use your crowdsourced data to navigate. This prompt will appear in order to continue using the services.

What is Google’s motivation for doing this now? Google I/O 2021 saw the company reiterate its promise to “guard your privacy”. Since then, many applications, including Google Drive, Google Photos, and Gmail, have displayed similar messages to users. It’s reminding them about the data they provide and how Google uses it.

Accepting the popup will not affect how the app previously operated, nor will you share anything with Google that you were not previously sharing – it’s just a courtesy. It just serves to keep you updated on the information you’re providing with the all-seeing, all-knowing Google. And if you’re not comfortable with that, you may reject it and refuse to provide that information, but keep in mind that the app will no longer function properly.

Also read: iPhone users will soon be able to use Google Maps in dark mode.


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