Navigation with real time traffic is not new. If you have a smart phone, than odds are you having a real time traffic feature in at least one map app. If you have an in dash navigation system or after market system thy probably have a real time traffic data feature built in or downloadable for a fee. Traffic data had been part of the “directions” feature on Google Maps, but that data was historic and not delivered in real-time. Now it is.
Now, if one asks Google Maps for directions, the program will provide a best-case scenario time for a road trip based on historical traffic levels and an estimated travel time based on current traffic conditions.
How does Google Maps collect the data? From users like you. Currently Google Maps is collecting user’s generated data from users who have an Android devise or have agreed to location sharing in Google Maps.
In times were the national averages for a gallon of regular gas has hit $3.92 it is important to avoid traffic and find the fastest route to a destination. Sitting idle in endless traffic not only throws emission into the air, which is not good for anyone’s health, but it also eats into that hard earned paycheck; a paycheck that for many Americans has not grown to accommodate the increased price of living and increased price at the pump.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison