Google maps updates features

Google has launched Traffic and Transit for Google Maps just in time for the holiday seasons. Available in Ipoh, Melaka and Penang, the features are a part of its efforts to provide Malaysians with the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps.

The Traffic layer provides data about real-time road congestion right on the map in order to help users find how to get to where they need to go as quickly as possible.

The colours are overlapped onto roads to make it easier for users to determine the level of congestion they will face. Red for bumper-to-bumper traffic, yellow for slow moving transit and green for free flowing traffic.

The traffic data on Google Maps comes from a variety of sources, including government departments of transportation, private data providers, and users of Google Maps for mobile who contribute anonymous speed information through its traffic crowd-sourcing feature.

The traffic data is refreshed every few minutes with the most recent known conditions as well as Google Map's features.