We have decided that our information systems behind this feature were not as good as they could be. Therefore, we have taken this offline and are currently working to come up with a better, more accurate solution. We are always working to bring you the best Google Maps experience with updates like these!
I have not noticed this change myself lol, thanks for the heads up. Maybe that was a sign that i don't really use that feature much therefor i didn't notice it... :P
I don't know if this is true in places that aren't filled with traffic, but at least in NYC, whenever driving in *really* slow traffic it always seemed that google indicated this with the grey color that meant "no info available" rather than the dreaded black/red that means bumper to bumper traffic. I suspected their algorithms were just going, oh that can't be right, surely traffic is moving faster than 3mph, lets just ignore that. Thus in super heavy traffic google's estimates always seemed overly optimistic. For "normal" traffic they seem to work pretty well.
"We are always working to bring you the best Google Maps experience with updates like these!"
It's not an upgrade it's a downgrade! Why remove the current ones when you have nothing new to show?? Like the article says we use the timer as a guideline.
I always found that the "In Traffic" estimates were overstated, and that was the cool thing for me. If I used that as a guide, I could be sure to get to an appointment on time if not a little early. Early isn't so bad,........
Maybe just leaving it alone ~while~ they improved the service would have been smarter.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Tell that to the people in California.
I hear travel time is called Car-Magaton.
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