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Google Maps Navigation gets traffic adjustments on Android phones

Google have announced that they’ve now added current traffic information to their Navigation service, included inside their Android Google Maps app.

With no need for another download- the data is all on Google’s heaving servers- the service will use both ‘historical’ and up-to-date traffic info to adjust your routes on roads in the UK, Europe and the US.

Google say that their Navigation users now drive around 35 million miles a day and Roy Williams, writing on the Google Mobile Blog, explains that: “”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.

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

A completely free car navigation tool? Should make even the most hardened iPhone fans a touch jealous.

Source: Google Mobile Blog


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