Google Your Way Past Traffic Jams

By webadmin on 08:19 am Jun 24, 2011
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Shirley Christie

If you are living or working within an area that often has congested traffic, a new feature from Google might be able to save a lot more time.

The Web giant has announced that it is now enabling color-coded traffic layers on Google Maps and the mobile version of the Web mapping service application.

“Google has been working to provide accurate and comprehensive information about transportation on a global mapping platform that is easily accessible,” Andrew McGlinchey, head of products at Google Southeast Asia, said on Wednesday.

“The traffic layer for Jakarta in Google Maps is an important step to help Indonesians to manage their traveling time better.”

To see the traffic information in Google Maps, all you have to do is type the designated street in the search box and then click the “Traffic” (“lalu lintas”) option in a pull-down box at the top right of the screen.

The color covering the street represents traffic speed. While green means the traffic is moving quickly, red or black means it is moving slowly or not moving at all.

The same information is also available on Google Maps for mobile so that commuters with smartphones or tablets can make route adjustments if they want to avoid the congestion. The feature would also allow users to see an estimation of traffic conditions at different times of the day as well as on different days of the week, based on historical data.

The traffic information on Google Maps is provided by Neo Fusion Indonesia.