Improved traffic coverage coming to Windows Phone

Yesterday Microsoft announced it will improve traffic coverage in the company's official Windows Phone maps service, currently powered by Bing. The improved traffic coverage will come from Bing and Nokia, who have been collaborating on the project.

Scott Borton, Maps program manager at Microsoft, penned a blog post revealing the new traffic coverage improvements. The primary improvement of the coverage will be the ability to view expanded traffic coverage on more highways and secondary streets, Borton wrote. Borton also provided before-and-after screenshots of the improved service, which show a larger number of secondary streets being included in traffic coverage for the service.

 

Traffic data will also soon be included for select cities in the following countries, according to Borton: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. A traffic option should become available to Windows Phone users in the aforementioned countries in the coming weeks.

The inclusion of Nokia in the upgraded traffic coverage comes as no surprise; yesterday the company announced it will "invest in location-based services as an area of competitive differentiation for Nokia products and extend its location-based platform to new industries." It's also been rumored Nokia will take over the maps service from Bing in Windows Phone 8, creating a new 3D maps service for Microsoft's new mobile operating system.

Source: Windows Phone Blog | Images via Microsoft

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they should just improve the maps and the app itself. i can't find anything if it's not written in the precise manner. when talking about street names, let's say they can be quite abiquitous in their spelling.

other than that: km instead of miles, 3d view while driving, working text to speech (never worked for me and my phone is set to US english).

Lots to cover instead of adding additional, non-working features that don't even work in smaller cities.

Mouettus said,
they should just improve the maps and the app itself. i can't find anything if it's not written in the precise manner. when talking about street names, let's say they can be quite abiquitous in their spelling.

other than that: km instead of miles, 3d view while driving, working text to speech (never worked for me and my phone is set to US english).

Lots to cover instead of adding additional, non-working features that don't even work in smaller cities.

I'm sure a lot more is coming.

Mouettus said,
they should just improve the maps and the app itself. i can't find anything if it's not written in the precise manner. when talking about street names, let's say they can be quite abiquitous in their spelling.

other than that: km instead of miles, 3d view while driving, working text to speech (never worked for me and my phone is set to US english).

Lots to cover instead of adding additional, non-working features that don't even work in smaller cities.

All of this (apart from the 3D maps while driving) is included in the Nokia Maps app, so if the rumours that Nokia Maps will replace Bing Maps are true this will come.

i'm glad to see Nokia/Ovi Maps staying as it is, including the offline routing, this was one thing i hoped wouldnt be watered down with the Nokia/Microsoft partnership.

Mouettus said,
they should just improve the maps and the app itself. i can't find anything if it's not written in the precise manner. when talking about street names, let's say they can be quite abiquitous in their spelling.

other than that: km instead of miles, 3d view while driving, working text to speech (never worked for me and my phone is set to US english).

Lots to cover instead of adding additional, non-working features that don't even work in smaller cities.

You should double check your settings, cause mine shows KM not miles. Your Region format and System local should be set to "English (Canada)" and if you want extra features that the US has that we don't set the Browser & search language should be set to "English (United States)".

Enron said,
How do they get all the traffic data for the secondary streets?

They hired thousands of people to stand at secondary streets and throw crash-test dummies in said streets every 30 minutes to see if it causes any accidents. If it doesn't, then they just say there's not much traffic.

Pretty sure that's how it works.

Enron said,
How do they get all the traffic data for the secondary streets?

I was wondering this too. From my understanding, there's no place where law enforcement or road work crews log congestion, accidents, etc. Though I feel that would be a pretty good idea in general.

M_Lyons10 said,

I was wondering this too. From my understanding, there's no place where law enforcement or road work crews log congestion, accidents, etc. Though I feel that would be a pretty good idea in general.


Somehow, I seem to be getting the benefits of this MS/Nokia deal paying off. As of last week, when using Bing for directions on my Lumia 710, I also get notification of traffic or construction on secondary streets..

PoohGQ said,

Somehow, I seem to be getting the benefits of this MS/Nokia deal paying off. As of last week, when using Bing for directions on my Lumia 710, I also get notification of traffic or construction on secondary streets..

Nice. I've actually never noticed that. Maybe they don't have support for this in my area (Northeastern PA) yet...

M_Lyons10 said,

I was wondering this too. From my understanding, there's no place where law enforcement or road work crews log congestion, accidents, etc. Though I feel that would be a pretty good idea in general.

There is a traffic loop system in place at a lot of intersections and monitoring cameras that autonomously monitor traffic flow. There is big mathematical calculation to how the traffic system works with traffic lights. Anyways, that system that monitors traffic flow is where they get their data, thus producing the traffic control conditions showing the green,yellow,red, black flow of traffic on these mapping programs.