Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Google Maps for Mobile now includes a traffic mashup

The Google Blog informs us recently that its Google Maps for Mobile
product now includes a feature that lets you map real-time traffic in various parts of the US from your mobile phone
. From the Google Maps for Mobile site: "See where the congestion is, and estimate delays in over 30 major US metropolitan areas." On the maps red shows congestion, yellow or orange shows moderately busy traffic patterns, and green means there are no present traffic situations. In this latest feature release Google is making a traffic maps mashup part of the standard product offering for mobile mapping.

Google Maps for Mobile lets you search Google Maps street and satellite maps for directions and business search from your mobile device. To try it out point your phone or mobile device to: to install it instantly, or if you just want to try the app out from here on the web, there is an awesome interactive demo that gives you a test drive from your web browser. Full details on supported devices and other info can also be found here. I personally use this on my Blackberry and I love it. I've used it on a number of occasions when trying to find roads or to locate businesses near where I work and it works very well.
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