With the major Mobile World Congress tech conference banning the Russian pavilion, Google also enters the Russian-Ukraine conflict to help the invaded country against its aggressor.
On Sunday, Alphabet Inc confirmed that it has temporarily disabled some Google maps tools. The most important tool to be disabled is the one which provides live traffic data and information about how busy places are in the Ukraine.
Google’s mother company stated that the action is designed to help ensure the safety of local communities in the country, places like stores and restaurants, and that they have taken this measure after consulting with local authorities.
The only way to get live traffic information in Ukraine right now is to be a driver and use the turn-by-turn navigation features in that area.
Indeed, Google Maps and GPS positioning is a major tool in the fights happening and about to come. Ukrainian people were urged to tamper with street signs to reroute Russian forces to dead ends and hamper their advance.
Using Google Maps, a professor at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies, tracked a “traffic jam” that was actually Russian troop movements hours before Russian Vladimir Putin announced the attack.