For the road warrior, there's not too many things worse than hitting a
traffic jam at an inopportune time. But over the past few years, users
Maps have been able to avoid those jams when relying on the
GMaps Navigation feature on Android devices. In the U.S., most roads are
now covered with live traffic updates, signifying where traffic is
congested and giving you options for circling around it. Folks in Europe
have been forced to sit around and wait patiently for their inclusion.
Now, that's becoming a reality. Just in time for the summer travel
season across the pond, Google has announced that Live Traffic is
available in 13 nations in Europe. The new feature is a traffic layer
within Google Maps and Google Maps for mobile, and Google Maps
Navigation (Beta). Coverage is starting now in Austria, Belgium, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
Coverage includes all freeways and highways, as well as large roads in
major cities. Users in the UK will also benefit from a finer grain of
street level coverage.
Ah, isn't technology great?