Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Google Maps may one day be able to tell you where the nearest toilet is

Gotta go? Soon you might be able to quickly pull up Google Maps to find the nearest toilet. According to IBTimes, Google is working with India’s Ministry of Urban Development to kickstart a program that will add that feature in India.

The news outlet said Google is putting to trial the service in one specific region, NCR, between November 16 and November 30, but the government hopes to one day expand to the entire country. The goal is to provide residents with access to clean, healthy facilities likely in an effort to cut down on illnesses and disease that can spread from dirty bathrooms and other unsanitary places.

“People will first need to open Google Maps, and then search for toilets near them,” a source told IBTimes. “They can search for a variety of keywords, like ‘toilet’, ‘lavatory’, ‘swach’, ‘swachhata’, ‘shulabh’ or ‘shauchalay’, and Google will point them to the nearest toilets.”

There’s no indication that Google will ever launch this sort of system in the United States, and in fact there have been third party applications that can help you find the nearest bathrooms (see links below). If you’re in India, though, keep an eye out for the added function.

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