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February 28, 2007

Google Maps Shows Real-Time Traffic Data

Google Maps shows real-time information about traffic for many US cities (like Kansas City, New York). To see this, switch to the map or hybrid mode and click on the new traffic tab. Google Maps will add a layer that colors the roads in green, yellow, red, or gray. The colors represent how fast the traffic is moving:

* Green: more than 50 miles per hour
* Yellow: 25 - 50 miles per hour
* Red: less than 25 miles per hour
* Gray: no data available



Until now, this feature was available only in the mobile client of Google Maps.

34 comments:

  1. What a strange (and I'd say "poor") implementation in the interface. The "Traffic" button is actually a toggle that you can toggle on/off on any of the other 3 views. Yet they used a button that looks exactly like the other 3.

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  2. I use this feature a lot on my mobile, but it'd be easier to use if the traffic layer didn't hide the street and highway names.

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  3. Great!
    I've linked you here
    Do you know if (and when) google is going to extend this feature to Europe?!

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  4. I use it all the time too. I agree with the traffic layer hiding the street/fwy names. -Annoying.

    I wish it tells me where the accidents are...

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  5. Google is one more step towards the perfect free mapping service. I blogged about Google Maps before and this is one of the most useful feature for users.

    http://gspy.blogspot.com/2007/02/why-is-google-maps-special.html

    However, I have to admit that the interface is really not that user friendly. If Google can think of a better integration between the traffic data and the existing mapping information, it definitely will change the world again after is famous search function.

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  6. I also would like traffic conditions to affect drive times that it gives.

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  7. Yahoo Maps has had this feature for years now. Whats the big deal?

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  8. Have there been any changes since the release for mobile devices?

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  9. Doesn't Yahoo! Maps already have a feature like this?

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  10. Yeah I don't get what the big deal is. Yahoo and Live have had this feature for ages. Complete with incidents information and all... Make something more creative please...

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  11. I think Yahoo chose the best way to present traffic data (Mountain View in Yahoo Maps).

    They show small circles along the roads so you can see the street names, have details about incidents and "Live traffic" is actually a checkbox, so it doesn't look confusing like in Google Maps.

    Like Microsoft, Yahoo shows details about the colors and the time when the data was updated.

    Another cool thing about Yahoo Maps is that it updates the URL, so you don't have to copy the location using different options from the interface.

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  12. They also have a limited deployment for Austin, TX. I take the bus most days, but it is still a handy feature. It will be nice when they expand the monitoring a bit more (it looks to be quite spotty at the moment).

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  13. This is great! I am sorry but yahoo is very web 1.0 and gross.

    I would like to know how fresh the data is. Is there a way to show that?

    Also I agree, I want to see the road names with out turning off traffic.

    Bravo! Another service done better.

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  16. It shows up in Satellite view too.

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  17. Google Mapping Blog said on February 28, 2007 7:33 AM:
    Great!
    I've linked you here
    Do you know if (and when) google is going to extend this feature to Europe?!


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  18. "Yahoo has had this for ages"

    But yahoo is like add/junk/crap I dont want to see central.

    Google is so clean and not busy... plain text ads and what-not.

    Go Google! Awesome stuff.

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  19. Great feature. When will it be available for other countries such as Europe?

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  20. Europe is not a country. Google does not even have data for the entire US, so it may take some time.

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  21. Now if only the data was correct. Compare Google maps in San Diego,CA with http://dot.ca.gov/sdtraffic Just because maps have color does not mean the data is good.

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  22. how real time is this?

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  23. Great feature. But...
    Should I have google account to use it, or not?

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  24. No, you don't need a Google Account. The only purpose of an account is to save personal settings and data. The information about traffic is the same for everyone.

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  25. to: Ionut Alex Chitu
    Thanks for so quick response :)

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  26. How do they get this information? Are they tracking individual vehicles?

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  27. Yes, it's good feature for others countries, but not for traffic on Ukrainian Roads :)

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  28. It seems that they get traffic data from crowdsourcing of people who use mobile phones that provide location back to Google.

    See the Google post at: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/bright-side-of-sitting-in-traffic.html

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  29. Really a Great work by google....

    ewnery time google comes with something different...

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  30. But how can we add traffic data using google API

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  31. Is there a way to see this data over time to get a sense of trends in traffic?

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  32. yes i am too interested in finding out the trend in traffic over a period in time, not sure if there is a way to find out

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