Google Maps Now Gives Real-Time Traffic Advice With One Tap
The new Google Maps feature tracks your most frequent destinations, such as home or work, and might suggest leaving ASAP or waiting a bit due to traffic.Google Maps can now give users real-time traffic advice, for example, if it is a good time to head home or to work, or if it would be wise to have a cup of coffee and read for a bit before braving the traffic on nearby roads. The new driving shortcut feature was announced by Brian Ferris, a Google Maps software engineer, in a Jan. 13 post on the Google Maps Blog. The feature, which is being added to the Google Maps for Android app, will soon be rolled out to users. The changes to the app mean that it will automatically keep track of frequently used destinations and with only one tap on the screen be able to check the routes for real-time traffic information so that users can try to avoid road congestion on their commuting corridors. "Now with just one tap on Android, you can find out whether you should hit the road or put in some gym time while you wait out the gridlock," wrote Ferris. "Get information like ETAs, traffic updates, nearby gas prices and quickest routes to familiar places–like home, work and recently searched destinations–all without entering a destination."
Google maps for Android users can add a driving shortcut by pressing on their device's home-screen until Android widgets appear, and then, they can select the Google Maps driving shortcut icon, wrote Ferris. The feature can also be accessed through the sidebar menu in Google Maps. Tap the sidebar menu and select the "Start Driving" option.