Google Maps: congestion indication in Germany

Google Maps has long been the function of the traffic status, so traffic jams and slow-moving traffic, display - at least if one was traveling in the US. Last night Google announced that this feature now is available in 13 European countries. Not only in the Android app, but also iOS and browser.

Google Maps: congestion indication in Germany

All motorists are now likely to emit a faint cry of joy, because now you can see directly which roads are clear and where the traffic jams on Google Maps. Free roads are green, slow traffic flow yellow and jam in red. Especially in the navigation can save the a lot of trouble if you can detect a traffic jam or a blocked street where the going gets tough early on and avoided accordingly.

Google Maps: congestion indication in Germany

The traffic data is available for the following European countries and Israel are available:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

So there is no reason to fall on the way to the vacation of a traffic jam in the next, there is also the possibility in the navigation to be around divert the heavy traffic. For this you have to select the menu button, the route information in the calculated route and then you can pick out his personal favorites on the alternative route icon.

The browser version of Google Maps, you can as long as the transport layer is enabled, can the typical traffic on a particular day, at a certain time show. In our test, this feature has not yet shown much, but this may be because not enough data are available. We suspect that this will not change in the coming days and weeks.
Google Maps: congestion indication in Germany

The traffic data are updated regularly and are no more than 5-10 minutes usually. The data is "crowdsourced" raised - that is, everyone who uses Google Maps and has agreed to its location-related data is sent to Google helps that this information is as up to date and accurate. Who wants to know more detail how the data are collected, can read about it in this Google blog post.

We are very pleased that Google provides the data collected by the public transport data. When cars drive instead of standing, the environment is protected, particularly in big cities. At our request Google could unfortunately do not have any information as to whether and to what extent cooperates with car and navigation device manufacturers in the future to make the data more accurately. We would certainly not interfere.