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Avoid traffic with Google's Real-time update
New Delhi, March 30, 2012
First Published: 17:23 IST(30/3/2012)
Last Updated: 18:10 IST(30/3/2012)
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When Google launched Google Maps, it ensured that you don't get lost. Now, the search giant had added a new feature which will not only give directions but also offer estimated travel time based on current traffic conditions.

When Google launched Google Maps, it ensured that you don't get lost. From busy streets to important landmarks, it gave you detailed geographical information about almost anywhere on the world map.

Now, the search giant has added another feature to Google Maps - Realtime traffic data. This upgrade will not only tell you the shortest route to your destination but also offer estimated travel time based on current traffic conditions.

A Google spokesman told Mashable, "The previous traffic feature that was removed from Google Maps last summer provided users with the worst-case traffic scenario based on historic traffic data - e.g. 'up to 50 minutes in traffic. The feature that we're introducing on Google Maps today works differently and serves a different purpose. The new time-in-traffic feature provides users with the ability to check current traffic conditions and estimates the length of travel time based on constantly refreshed data."

This means that now you can decide which route to take depending on the real-time traffic updates. Google plans to get gather this data  "through third-party services and through information from Android users who have opted in to the My Location feature on Google Maps", reports Mashable.

Even Nokia has recently added a similar service to its smartphones. The new Traffic feature will give real-time traffic information to users on Symbian smartphones on Nokia Drive, Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 on Nokia Maps.

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