Maps, one of Google’s most active apps is getting a live traffic update feature that will help you properly plan your commute. Being one of the most active and most used app from Google, Maps is always getting a lot of updates to make the app work even better.
The app now has a Community tab which is available to both iOS and Android users after being tested for almost a month. Community tab according to Google, will help you take control of your commute. In a statement on its blog, Google said: “commute times during rush hour traffic can be up to 60 percent longer than what you expect when you start your drive—resulting in a lot of stress, missed meetings, and skipped breakfasts.”
Citing data from Maps, Google added “people in North America spend a full day per month commuting—which almost adds up to a two-week vacation each year. Plus, a bad commute can negatively impact the rest of your day, long after the actual commute is over.”
If you are an Android user, you will now begin to get notifications of live data on traffic, which will help you take charge of your daily trip. Regular updates means you will no longer get stuck in traffic as you would have been informed well ahead of time even before you live home or the office.
To provide real-time location data on trains, subways, trains, and buses, Google partnered with public transit in 80 regions around the world. If you live in Sydney, you will be able to see how full a bus or train is, with more cities soon to be added by Google around the world.
Staying in traffic is not one of those things you want to experience, especially after a hard day’s work. To this end, Google is making it possible to listen to music while you stay in traffic. Google Maps is now making Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music available within the app so you can take charge of your tunes and podcasts right from Google Maps navigation.
With Spotify integration in Maps, you can choose your favorite content by browsing through songs, albums, podcasts, and playlists with the new navigation.
All newly added features have been added to the latest version of Google Maps for Android and iOS. Users are required to visit their respective Stores to update their version of the app to have full access to the aforementioned features.
Last year, Google added a small but very useful feature to Maps—the app began telling users when to get off a train or bus during their journey. The notifications is interactive and keeps users up to date when out on a journey.
While on a transit journey, the feature will appear in the app and on the lock screen of your Android device. The addition can be found when you do the usual search for your transit directions in the app.