Background traffic photo by RC Designer via Flickr Creative Commons
Google Maps has been working on getting people out of traffic for a few years now, and it looks like Android smart phone users are going to get primo advantage of the advancements the company has made so far, helping to save gas, time, and carbon emissions. Google Maps for Android now takes traffic information gathered by Google into account when providing directions, and the latest version provides alternate routes that will keep you steering clear from traffic jams. According to Download Squad, "With Google Maps Navigation users driving 35 million miles a day, the big G gets plenty of traffic info. The Beta is available now, and the new traffic feature will work automatically for users in North America and Europe. "
The best part is, you don't have to put extra work into figuring out which route is best. The solutions are provided automatically, and you're given the fastest route based on real time information and historical traffic data.
The Google Mobile Blog writes, "You don't have to do anything to be routed around traffic; just start Navigation like you normally would, either from the Navigation app or from within Google Maps... Starting today, our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates. That means that Navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions.
"Not only can you save time and fuel, you're making traffic better for everyone else by avoiding traffic jams. Keep in mind that we can't guarantee that Navigation will be able to find a faster way, but it will always try to get you where you're going as fast as possible."
You can search by voice, along routes, see your route by map or satellite or street view image, and more. It look really rad. If you have an Android powered phone, check out the Beta version and let us know what you think.
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