Google Maps Brings Traffic Coverage to 7 More Countries

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When you next take yourself on a gnarly voyage, Google Maps maintains that it wants you to encounter as little resistance as possible, so to smooth the edges off of your trips it offers real-time coverage of traffic conditions in many places throughout the world. Today, the geo service announced that it's expanding traffic coverage to 7 more countries across 4 continents to help spread gnarliness of free passage.

As you can see in the lead image of this article, if you live in America or Europe, Google Maps is more than likely going to have your traffic conditions covered. Today's additions include some more European areas but then also expand to a couple of places beyond that continent: Minsk, Belarus; Riga, Latvia; Tallin, Estonia; Mexico City, Mexico; Lima, Peru; Bucharest, Romania; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Given I've always heard so many astonishing things about the smog in Mexico City, I imagined that the traffic there must perpetually feel like one of the nightmarish puzzles you have to solve in those Saw movies. Checking in this morning with the city's traffic, it does not look like some place I would like to navigate through today:

Google Maps Mexico City

Look at those congested red and black snakes of traffic. Sheesh.

In addition to launching traffic coverage for the above cities, Google Maps has also expanded its coverage in 19 countries that already had the gift of grim traffic foresight: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the U.K.

The new traffic data is available both on Google Maps website as well as multiple mobile devices.

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