Google announced in a blog post this morning that it has expanded its the popular Google Maps traffic alerts feature to India. This means that any smartphone user based in India will get real-time notifications during navigation if traffic conditions change for the worse, and before a journey is set to begin, so that they can choose the quickest route more easily.
While the service has been available in the US for some time, this is the first time Indian smartphone users have had access to Google’s traffic warning feature. With India boasting some of the most congested roads, particularly around its major cities, the new traffic conditions warning prior to starting a journey should help reduce commute times considerably.
Now when you input your destination, you’ll get a spoken alert for upcoming traffic conditions that helps you identify the quickest route. While you’re on the road, Google Maps will give you a heads up if congestion lies ahead, and how long you’ll be stuck in a jam. You’ll also get the option to take alternate routes, including explanations for why one is recommended—whether it’s the fastest or just avoids traffic.
The service is available to both Android and iOS users who have the Google Maps installed, and is up and running from today. Traffic updates will show up automatically if the user is in navigation mode.