The traffic feature in Google Maps is extremely helpful, especially if you live in a city where public transit, biking and walking are legitimate options.
Ever use Google Maps to plan a route to your dinner date, then end up twenty minutes late while your thinking-she's-been-stood-up date sadly twirls a swizzle stick around a vodka rocks because you left during rush hour? Oddly specific example aside, Google Maps was helpful with estimated driving times and directions but still forced us to think every once in a while.
Google Maps now takes current traffic into account.
According to Google's Lat Long blog, which covers Google Maps and Google Earth, "In areas where the information is available, this new and improved feature evaluates current traffic conditions and is constantly being refreshed to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date estimate possible."
It's extremely helpful, especially if you live in a city where public transit, biking and walking are legitimate options. Figuring out the quickest route is something many of us have long hoped for.
Though the blog doesn't explain exactly how Google performs its new magic-like trick, it does state that turning on the "My Location" feature on your Android will help it gather the information needed to keep your date from swirling her swizzle stick, deciding the best way to tell you she never wants to see you again.
In other words, it's a bit more helpful than Google Maps' foray underwater into the Great Barrier Reef.