Google Maps adds real-time traffic data

Google has added real-time traffic data for major highways in more than 30 American cities to Google Maps. The data is color-coded to signify traffic conditions: green means no congestion; yellow minor holdups; and red means significant slowdowns. According to Google product manager Carl Sjogreen, the data is aggregated from several sources including road sensors, as well as car and taxi fleets. As a result, Sjogreen said, there is sometimes not enough data to report road conditions. In that case, the roads appear gray. "We're always looking to improve the comprehensiveness of our traffic information and our coverage areas over time," Sjogreen said.

News source: News.com

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Considering I hit 2 stop signs on my 3 minute commute to work...i think I'll check this every morning from now on :P.

It's kind of useless in Northern VA. Anyone who lives here knows when not to get on the highways.

Pretty neat for most of the country though.

voidunknown said,
Hey, at least you got traffic info... I have a $1,000 GPS and can't even use it for traffic because its not available in my area. :(

I'd like to take that off your hands. :P

Seriously, I live in Houston. Traffic bites here. D: