Google Maps is constantly on the look-out for more enhancements for its mapping service. The service not only allows users to find their way around in a city, but also offers weather updates, and real-time traffic information so that every time a user steps out in the sun, they know which is the shortest and least crowded way to their destination. Shortly after integrating Calendar events, Google Maps has now introduced an all-new feature to its Android app that will allow users to spot nearby traffic in real-time. The new feature, called ‘Traffic Nearby’, is a shortcut that allows users to locate congested areas around their current location with a single tap. All that one needs to do is add the shortcut to their home screens, and every time they run the shortcut, based on their location, real-time data will be provided.
The new feature is available in Google Maps
for Android version 9.39. It displays congested roads and areas and works without having to enter a destination or get into the driving mode. It basically offers what can be called a preview of traffic, before you plan your outing. Given the large number of Google Maps users, the service has been able to draw an accurate image of live traffic conditions to an extent. Before the latest update, Google Maps would automatically send traffic alerts to users on-the-go so as to enable them to quickly re-route their journey in case of long jams. The latest update works like a shortcut without one having to wait for the automated alerts.
One can add the Google Maps traffic update shortcut in two ways. First – Pulling the ‘Traffic Nearby’ screen from the regular widget or shortcut list, which does away with the need to separately open the app to track traffic status. Second – If you are redirected through the traffic alert then you can also drag the card upward to find an ‘add shortcut’ suggestion. ALSO READ: Google Maps for Android update integrates Calendar, shows up upcoming events
The new ‘Traffic Nearby’ feature comes close on the heels of Google’s recent update that allowed users to connect the Google Calendar app with the mapping service. With this feature, events that are updated on the Calendar app are synced with Google Maps and one can easily access the directions of their saved events. What makes Google Maps popular than Apple’s still shoddy mapping service is its ease of usage and given the number of people using it, it has a larger database of real-time traffic, weather, and location information. Recently, the app also introduced a smarter way for users to interact. It introduced what it called a ‘hands-free’ support. By using voice commands, users could look up for directions or get weather updates along with the ability to mark multiple waypoints on a single trip.