In-Traffic Driving Time Estimate Removed from Google Maps
Search Engine Roundtable was among the first to notice the change. Or rather, they appear to be the first site to have noticed it, as users noticed the change, and asked Google what was up. Google's response:
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!The good thing is that despite the fact that they have removed a feature that we found pretty useful, there's hope that it will return. To be honest, we never assumed the times given by the Google Maps were accurate. We did, however, compare the ideal and traffic-based times as a guideline. In that way, they were accurate enough.