All Geek to Me

April 18, 2008

Rush Hour – But No One is Moving

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 1:36 am

Google Maps has added a further enhancement to their traffic information. Some time ago Google added real time indicators showing average speeds on freeways and locations of reported crashes. Now you can get this information for a particular time and day of the week. The display uses the average of historic data; thus you can see the traffic is heavy in the Bay Area on a Friday night and that the I-80 North through Fairfield is one of the slowest portions.

What would make it more useful if it used this traffic data to dynamically recalculate the estimated journey time for a route that you have entered. Currently Google Maps shows just a regular trip duration and one for traffic, it would be more helpful if it used the information it obviously has for average speeds. The route from SF airport is shown as 59 minutes, or 1hour and 40 minutes in traffic; having a little more precision in that estimate would be helpful.

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1 Comment »

  1. What you really need is for your SatNav to use that information to recalculate the quickest route.

    Comment by @mmonyte — April 19, 2008 @ 2:15 pm


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