Last month, Bing Maps announced that it would be providing better traffic coverage for users thanks to some backend support from Nokia. Senior Product Manager of the Windows Phone Map App Scott Burton recently offered an update on the traffic data integration with Windows Phone 7, explaining that the traffic coverage has been expanded beyond just the main highways and now includes many of the side and secondary streets.
Burton provided a before-and-after comparison of the updated traffic data, as seen below. The former map is on the left, the updated map is on the right.
If you're a user of the Windows Phone 7 and live in the U.S., you should be seeing a "show traffic" feature in the menu of your Maps app. If you happen to live outside of the U.S., which most people in the world do, the Windows Phone team is still cooking up the traffic data feature for Windows Phone users outside of the United States and will hopefully be launching it over the next two or three weeks. The countries that should be seeing the updates on Windows Phones are: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.[Via Bing Maps Blog.]