Live Traffic Rerouting Comes to Google Maps

Google today released a beta update to Google Maps app for Android that introduces live-traffic rerouting. Up until now, the Google Maps app for Android was already an extremely good navigation app, with features like turn-by-turn voice navigation.

Going one step further to destroying all traditional GPS devices, Google's latest rerouting feature is a must have for all existing Android users. The app uses local traffic data and obtains information from other phones to give you routes that are customized to your daily commute. And even then, it'll help you avoid jams on any other road whenever possible.

The rerouting feature is currently in beta, but according to report, already works very well. Grab it!

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  • nebun
    thanks but no thanks...cell phone gps sucks and aren't very accurate at all...ill stick with my garmin
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  • dcompart
    nebunthanks but no thanks...cell phone gps sucks and aren't very accurate at all...ill stick with my garmin

    I love my Garmin Nuvi as well, but there are times that the rerouting to avoiding traffic jams can actually add time time to my ETA, not too mention painful bypasses that are full of stop lights!

    I think if Google does this right by updating traffic conditions frequently and calculates the actual delay with precision it may just surpass dedicated GPS units.
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  • Ragnar-Kon
    Please someone tell me I'm not the only one that still uses paper maps and phone books.

    I just don't understand why someone would be willing to spend $150 -> $1000 on a GPS unit when a $20 paper map and a phone book (that is usually provided for free by the phone company/city) works just as well, if not better.

    Having said that, having a GPS-like app on a smartphone seems to me like a good idea, as long as it doesn't cost anything extra. If I ever get the feeling that I need to be connected to the internet 24/7, then I'll probably get a smartphone and get this app.

    But, at the moment, being connected 24/7 isn't worth the $30+/month data plan.
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