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Drive Around Traffic Tie-ups With Google Maps Upgrade

March 8, 2011

Google announced on Monday the beta release of Google Maps Navigation, an upgrade to the company’s popular mobile mapping software, Google Maps.

The upgrades will suggest quicker, more realistic routes to drivers based on real-time traffic conditions showing various routes along with estimated travel times. The software uses red, green and yellow color-coding to show how traffic is moving at any given time, AFP reports.

Roy Williams, a software engineer with the Google Maps team, said in a blog post, “Before today, Navigation would choose whichever route was fastest, without taking current traffic conditions into account. “It would also generate additional alternate directions, such as the shortest route or one that uses highways instead of side roads.”

“Our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates,” he continued. “Navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions.”

Users can now begin routing around traffic with Google Maps Navigation in North America and Europe where both Navigation and real-time traffic data are available. Google said.

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