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Google traffic, active in Romania

Users can see in real time on Google Maps which traffic areas are busy or free. The service is available "yet" in Bucharest and on some portions of highways.

Articol de Ionuţ Dragu, 21 Iunie 2012, 09:49

Starting Wednesday, Google "Maps" includes a new "information traffic in Bucharest and from A1 and A2 '.

The service is free through Google maps and wants to provide information to users in real time about traffic in the place where it exists.

Google representatives say that Google traffic will currently present the roads state and highways in the capital, the monitoring is supposed to be nationally extended in the future.

According to Dan Bulucea, Google Romania Country Manager, Traffic Google uses the data provided in real time by thousands of smartphone users in Romania.

"As in Bucharest the smartphone concentration is higher, we started with the capital," said Dan Bulucea for RRA.

He said that traffic service uses "anonymous data" provided by the phones that have enabled location services.

Black: congestion

The system analyzes the data received from users and the parameters obtained, the roads from maps available through Google Maps are shown in different colors: green, yellow, red and black.

Black is a blocked route, while red shows a busy route, which is moving very slowly. Alternating red and black signifies a shift right behind, the yellow is acceptable flows, while the green movement is smooth.

According to a press notification, Google Romania, the new service is part of the expanding view of traffic conditions in real time in seven new countries such as Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa.

The new service is available at Internet traffic http://maps.google.ro/ by activating the top right corner of the map.

Traffic conditions can be viewed from any terminal, PC, tablet or smartphone and is integrated into Google Maps (Google Maps) for mobile devices and navigation options using Google maps.

More information on the collection and use of traffic data can be found here.

Google says it hopes the service conditions of traffic from "Google Maps" to help more users worldwide to save time and money by planning the route towards the desired destiny.

Photo: Google Traffic in Google Maps.

Competition

Google's new tool announcement comes at a time when competition in the market for navigation, location and maps arose.

Apple recently introduced the next version of the operating system for mobile devices, IOS 6, in which gave up to use Google Maps. Instead, Apple announced that it will introduce its own navigation system.

Online maps users also use the partner services provided by Bing, Yahoo, Open Street Map and ViaMichelin.

Translated by Alexandra-Diana Mircea

MTTLC, Bucharest University

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