I honestly can’t think back far enough to remember the days when people had to rely on paper maps to navigate to places, but I can still appreciate how the combination of Google Maps and the Google-owned Waze makes life much easier than ever before.
Search engine Google on Tuesday launched traffic information on Google Maps for 12 more Indian cities, making it possible for users to judge traffic on a particular route in these cities.
Google Maps will now show traffic information for Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai and Bhopal. This traffic feature, available on both mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps is now available in 34 cities in total.
Once the traffic layer is turned on in Google Maps, commuters can see routes mapped out in different colors, indicating the different speed of traffic on those roads.
“Green means there are no traffic delays on the road, orange indicates a medium amount of traffic and red means heavier traffic congestion,” the statement said.
“We are constantly working on making Google Maps a more comprehensive, daily tool for Indians and we hope that this new real-time traffic information for 12 cities and all national highways will help drivers across the country find the best routes to their destinations with the fewest delays,” Suren Ruhela, director, program management at Google said.
In the Navigation mode, Google Maps will allow real time traffic information and try to accurately estimate your time of arrival and also provide options for alternate faster routes, if any.
It is among the series of updates that Google has been releasing for the Maps. The update should be rolling out to devices now.