New Delhi: Google today announced the availability of two new features for Google Maps in India - turn-by-turn voice-guided driving directions through Google Maps Navigation (Beta) and live traffic information for several major cities.
Now, users in India will be able to access free voice-guided GPS navigation on their Android smartphones and view live traffic information on desktop and mobile devices.
Google Maps Navigation is an Internet-connected GPS navigation system that provides turn-by-turn voice-guided driving directions for mobile on smartphones running Android version 2.2 or later. It accesses the latest information about roads and points of interest from Google's online mapping services.
In addition to Google Maps Navigation, live traffic information is now available on Google Maps in India for major roads in the prominent cities of Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad. Users can check current traffic conditions by enabling the "Traffic" layer on maps.google.co.in (for desktop browsers) or in Google Maps for mobile (on their smartphones).
On every platform, traffic information is displayed in a simple and readable color scheme: red for significant congestion, yellow for minor slow-downs, and green for free-flowing traffic. Google Maps Navigation is said to take traffic data into account when calculating directions.