Google Maps adds traffic data

Finally, Google puts traffic info on its mapping engine.

San Francisco escape routes. CNET Networks

Google Maps now has traffic data in several cities. Traffic data is displayed using the now-standard industry color-coding: Green = fast. Yellow = maddening. Red = miserable.

Google joins Yahoo and Microsoft in providing traffic data. and Mapquest still don't.

Google still doesn't provide directions for walkers (as does), nor for public transit, except for 10 oddly chosen cities (Tampa, Honolulu, and so on, skipping New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the like.)

None of the sites do what you really need: Create routes that take traffic into account, directing you around jams.

Related: Google Maps adds subway stops, building outlines to cities.

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