To Help Commuters, Google Offers Traffic Workarounds
For Android users, Google has beefed up its Maps Navigation app to show alternative route suggestions in the event of traffic jams.
Prior to this, the app will choose whichever route was fastest without taking current traffic conditions into account, according to Google Maps software engineer Roy Williams.
The new feature will generate alternate directions such as the shortest route or one that uses highways instead of side roads, Williams added.
In addition, Maps Navigation will also “apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates”, wrote Williams in a blog post.