Google is working on a series of 8216;Community Mobility Reports8216; – using the location data its apps collect to inform policy-makers and members of the public about where people are travelling and spending their time during Covid-19 lockdown.
In a statement on its website, Google said: 8220;As global communities respond to Covid-19, we8217;ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymised insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat Covid-19.
Most notably, trips to retail and recreation sites were down by 85% compared to Google8217;s baseline figures. While that is to be expected, given current regulations around workplaces and retailing, the high figure remains a dramatic reminder of how severe the Covid-19 crisis has become.
- Transit station trips down 75%
- Grocery and pharmacy trips down 46%
- Park trips down 52%
- Workplace trips down 55%
- Residential trips up 15%
Take a look below at the figures for the Greater London area. By and large they mirror the nationwide changes, with a slightly sharper decline in workplace and transit station trips. Also notable is the fact that Londoners have made more residential trips.
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