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Google Maps Directions Adds Real-Time Traffic Estimates 54

Posted by timothy
from the gps-keeps-saving-my-life dept.
First time accepted submitter constpointertoconst writes "If you use Google Maps to calculate directions, you may now notice (if your route is covered by their traffic data) an 'in current traffic' travel estimate for current route. Some may recall that Google Maps had a similar estimate in the past, but it was removed last year due to poor accuracy."
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Google Maps Directions Adds Real-Time Traffic Estimates

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  • then Google users would unwittingly create said traffic conditions. It actually presents an interesting problem in optimization. Suppose that car GPS installations begin to feature the Google Maps traffic estimation. Not only would people unfamiliar with an environment be compelled to use the new feature but even those who are regular auto commuters. Those who wish to save time getting home would all be directed along the same main roads which at the time would report lower traffic. These users would, howe
    • by dwillden (521345)
      If we all traveled to the same location at the exact same time this might be a risk. But as we aren't all attempting to travel at the same time to the exact same location, these dynamic systems can see the increasing traffic flow (and resulting decreases elsewhere) and cease giving everyone the same route. The trick is to actually trust the system and let it work as designed. In fact there is a smartphone app that already does this quite well. http://waze.com/ [waze.com] and the Waze app. Waze is used by millions
      • by dwillden (521345)
        One more thing on the Waze plug and then I'm done. Map problems, with Google maps, Garmin, Tom Tom or any other mapping tool, you are at the mercy of their map editors as to when roads get added. With Waze, if you see a problem, you can login and fix the problem. It took my Tom Tom more than a year to be updated with a recent new high speed route. Waze had it before the Tom Tom update did. But even better was another more recent construction project. The new road was in place on the Waze map within we
        • <quote>One more thing on the Waze plug and then I'm done. Map problems, with Google maps, Garmin, Tom Tom or any other mapping tool, you are at the mercy of their map editors as to when roads get added. With Waze, if you see a problem, you can login and fix the problem. It took my Tom Tom more than a year to be updated with a recent new high speed route. Waze had it before the Tom Tom update did. But even better was another more recent construction project. The new road was in place on the Waze
  • by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Saturday March 31, 2012 @10:49AM (#39534005)

    Or at least, that would be a nice way to hack it. Keep everybody off the route you want to take, by having Google tell everyone else to avoid it. Google reports for your route: Bumper to bumper traffic jams, overturned tractor trailers, oil slicks, zombie attacks, etc.

    And you'll have an open road.

  • Where I live, the base traffic is pretty predictable. Certain interchanges will be slow, certain arteries will be slow, but really the random feature are accidents. Some outlying areas have really bad drivers, because there is always an accident. other places not so much. In any case, Google is horrible at providing traffic data. We have a local service that is nearly perfect. There has been times when I have been sitting still on the freeway, and Google has told me that we were moving at posted spee
  • I mean, it is nice to know that Google's fastest route is a disaster because freeway traffic that was assumed to move at 50mph is actually doing only 5mph but when is Google or any other map service going to use this information to calculate a route that works well now?

    It would even be a nice touch to update the estimates based on a projected time. Right now, I can change the map to show traffic conditions at 9:00am Monday morning but the time estimate is still based on 11:00am Saturday.

  • See the "Quest" view at top-right. It gets even better when you zoom all the way in to StreetView.

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