Google has launched ‘new” traffic alerts for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday in the US. This will help users to estimate delays and provide alternative routing options. Google had been receiving real-time traffic notifications from Waze for some time.
Pierre Petronin from Google said on the official blog that, “Now when you input your destination, you’ll get an explanation of upcoming traffic conditions that helps you identify the quickest route. While you’re on the road, Google Maps will give you a heads up if congestion lies ahead, and how long you’ll be stuck in a jam. You’ll also get the option to take alternate routes, including explanations for why one is recommended—whether it’s the fastest or avoids an incident.
Separately, Google has also updated the Android Wear version of Google Maps according to Android Central:
“The app can be launched from the app launcher or by voice with an “open Maps” command, and when opened you get a full screen top-down map experience. You can scroll around, pinch-to-zoom (barely) and even switch between true North and device direction views. Zoom in/out buttons appear on the top of the screen when you tap it, which is much better than pinching, and you also get a small pin button that lets you quickly scroll through nearby places and navigate to them — though when you fire up navigation from the Maps app on the watch it still corresponds with launching Maps on your phone.”Google Maps Now Includes Traffic Alerts- Android Wear Experience Also Enhanced!,