Google Maps Adds Live Traffic Info To More CountriesBy: Chris Crum - September 20, 2012
Google Maps has expanded its live road traffic feature into three more countries (one city each). These include: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City, Kuwait and Guayaquil, Ecuador.
“Now, the maps of these locations are much more useful, as drivers can quickly determine the clearest route to their destinations and reduce the amount of time spent in the car,” writes product manager Stephan Seyboth in a blog post. “In addition to being able to see current traffic conditions, estimated travel times are also available to ease anxiety and help you plan your trips accordingly.”
In addition to the new countries/cities, Google has improved live traffic info to include more roads and highways in 15 other regions, where the feature already existed. These include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.
“We hope this more comprehensive coverage provides a more accurate picture of the traffic conditions in these areas, and helps people to not only avoid getting stuck in traffic jams, but also more easily get where they want to go,” says Seyboth.
In other Google Maps news, the company also launched some improved syncing features for the Android version, as Google Maps has disappeared from iOS (in favor of Apple’s own Maps product).