More than half a dozen volunteers have teamed up in India to launch a crowdsourcing tool that will help people across the nation identify and locate nearby grocery stores, pharmacies, and ATMs, while New Delhi will block the country by 3 May extended.
The service called Covidmaps enables people to find ready-to-use grocery stores, pharmacies and ATMs in their area and to find current details, e.g. B. When the store opens and closes, what items it has in stock, and whether the store uses a queuing system.
Covidmaps relies on people adding new businesses, Phani Kishan, one of the founding members, said in an interview with theinformationsuperhighway. Users also need to update details about different stores.
India ordered a 21-day nationwide blockade last month that restricted people's movement and closed most stores to curb the spread of the coronavirus. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the suspension until May 3.
Kishan said that seven people are working on Covidmaps today, all of whom are working on it as a side project. In his daily work, he works at Swiggy, India's largest food delivery startup.
The two-week-old service has already amassed more than 50,000 visitors, including some from outside India. Covidmaps is currently most strongly represented in Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and Vancouver.
“People in Delhi and other places are also starting to participate. However, it takes some time for enough shops to be listed nearby for the service to become popular there, ”said Kishan, who hoped that people outside of India would also find the service useful.
Kishan said that some services in India like startup Dunzo has also started to use Covidmaps as the delivery staff tries to find stores in different locations to serve customers.
On Monday Google unveiled the nearby Spot on Maps that users can use to find some nearby stores. The company obtains this information when a person uses Google Pay to complete a transaction in a store. Kishan said Google provided Covidmaps with free credit to use the Maps platform.