September 20, 2014

Google Maps Navigator Routing with Live, Historic Traffic

The Google Mobile Blog posted a rather cool bit of news today about their Maps Navigator app for Android. Normally the app, which is still in beta, routes users based on whatever is the fastest in terms of time. This was not always an optimal experience as it did not factor current traffic into its system, sometimes resulting in a less than desirable outcome. Starting today, Google Maps Navigation will integrate live and historical traffic with other alternate directions to create the fastest route. Users don’t need to worry about downloading an update, it just works. Note this only works in North America and Europe as that’s where current traffic can be calculated.

As Google puts it, they are not promising the fastest route every time, but it’s a big step forward. Guess that’s why they get to keep that beta tag!

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