Google Adds Amber Alert Features to Maps and Searches

Offers assistance in finding missing or kidnapped children


Google built-in Amber alerts — the broadcasted warning system for abducted children — to its search and maps products today, in the hopes that Google's huge user base could bring a lot more attention to local kidnappings.

The Amber alerts show up on your search and on maps whenever you type in keywords and are currently in a certain radius of that child's abduction.  The alert has an orange circle next to it and lists information like the child's name, age, gender, and when and where he was last seen. It also explains what the child was wearing and what type of vehicle the police are looking for, if relevant. You can, of course, click through to get even more information about the missing child.