Mar 8, 2011
If you hate traffic as much as I do, then you will be happy to hear that Google Maps Navigation now uses real-time traffic conditions to automatically route you around traffic. Say what? That’s right, according to Google’s mobile blog:
“Starting today, our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route”
You will also be happy to know that Google has used its magical unicorn dust to allow this change to take place without you having to touch a thing. Google just loves saving us time (or making us lazy)!
Although I love Google, I do have my doubts about how well this feature will work. As it is, Google Maps Navigation already gives me some zany routes when much quicker ones are available (which can also be said of many Navigation apps). Google also knows this and has stated that it can not guarantee that Navigation will be able to find a faster route.
With that said, just go about your business as always, and let Google worry about getting you where you need to go. Oh yea, and start looking for an excuse to replace the “Sorry I’m late, I was stuck in traffic.”
This feature should be live for those living in North America and Europe where both Navigation and real-time traffic data is available.
Source: Google Mobile Blog