Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Google Adds Travel Time Graph To Directions

A man holds a smartphone with the Google Maps app open in Sarajevo A man holds a smartphone with the Google Maps app open in Sarajevo
Theresa Hayes | 18 July, 2017, 09:53

Time your departure time wrong, and even the simplest of journeys can end up taking far longer than it was meant to.

Google has introduced a new feature to Google Maps that tells you the best time of the day to travel.

Similar to Google's "popular times" feature for avoiding lines, the new update for the Google Maps Android app shows when there's likely to be traffic to a specific destination. It's a simple addition - and one that would benefit from a little more work and refinement - but it's a valuable one for travelers. Now, Google is expanding on that feature by showing how busy the traffic is along your route by the time of day. After all, we can't all afford the new Audi A8 that drives for you when in a jam. When you've tapped in your start point and destination and hit the Directions button, before you choose to start your journey, tap Route Info instead. This will come in handy if you're trying to determine when you should leave the house, and how long you might take because of the traffic.

Google Maps, which made its humble debut in February 2005, has vastly improved with each passing year and continues to get more value-added features (it has toilet locator in India) offering more personal options for the user.

It's not ideal, however. Apart from this drawback, it is a positive step to plan journey efficiently. Maybe in a future update.