Show Live Traffic in Google Maps on iPhone & iPad
The next time you’re using Maps on an iPhone or iPad to get directions to get from point A to point B, do yourself a huge favor and use the Live Traffic feature to help plan your route. From the Maps app here is see live traffic in any area:
- Tap the page curl icon in the corner of Maps
- Tap the “Show Traffic” button, then tap the page curl again to return to Maps
With traffic view enabled, the roads end up color coded based on live traffic conditions:
- Green – easy sailing, no traffic
- Yellow – slow moving traffic, but it’s moving
- Red – basically gridlock, avoid if possible, high traffic
I thought this was a widely known feature, but some friends were absolutely amazed by it the other day so that tells me maybe it’s only the more savvy of us who know about this. The feature works the same on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and Google Maps on the web, you just need internet access of some sort to use it. The feature should work just as well in iOS 6′s new Maps app, though when Google releases their own app it may be a good idea to download that as well.
Where is the Traffic Data Coming From?
You! Well, you and every other iPhone, Android, Blackberry, WindowsPhone, and every other smartphone user really. Google takes anonymous location data from GPS equipped cell phones and uses it to calculate traffic speeds and congestion, the result is an incredibly accurate crowdsourced picture of traffic that is updated live 24/7.
Don’t plan a trip without it!