March 17, 2010
For those who haven’t seen it here’s a quick look at ‘live traffic’ function for Sydney on the iPhone Google maps app. Screenshot below.
So how good is it? Well, it’s ok but a long way from perfect. Driving around on a busy Saturday afternoon there were a lot of yellow roads which should have been red, green ones that should have been yellow etc. I don’t blame the app or Google for the quality of the data – I’m sure pretty the info is from the RTA
Marks out of 10 = 6
Red=congested, Yellow=slow but moving, Green=all clear.
Tip: Google maps app with GPS and traffic updates drains your battery… make sure you have a power source in the car.
September 15, 2009
…or why I won’t be taking William St. tonight.
Lucky commuters in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can now take a quick look at the traffic in Google Maps before deciding if they should wait for it to clear in the pub over the road or not.
Thanks to Intelematics, traffic data is now shown as an optional overlay in all versions of Google Maps. Green, for good. Yellow for average. Red for nasty.
iPhone users rejoice. That greyed out traffic button under the page curl in the Google Maps app is now alive and ready to serve. Apparantly it works on other mobile versions too.
Other cities (read US cities) have had this for a while so it’s nice to be caught up.
To the pub, now, I reckon.