Live Traffic in Google Maps Expands Coverage to Over 130 Cities; Lexus RX450h New Self-driving Car; Person Finder, Crisis Response Page for Floods in the Philippines

Live traffic feature in Google Maps now become even more comprehensive, accurate and expands its coverage to more than 130 smaller cities across the United States as well as the capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama."Whether you're online on your home computer ensuring no unexpected snarls await your drive to the airport or you've […]

Live traffic feature in Google Maps now become even more comprehensive, accurate and expands its coverage to more than 130 smaller cities across the United States as well as the capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama.

"Whether you're online on your home computer ensuring no unexpected snarls await your drive to the airport or you've been stuck behind a line of cars for a few minutes and can ask your friend in the passenger seat to check whether it'll clear up just around the bend."

To check traffic conditions on either your Android device or through your web browser.

For an overview of cities with traffic data you can go here.

Google Maps Live Traffice Coverage expands to over 130 cities across US

Here's a quick tutorial:

Real-time Live Traffic in Google Maps Expands to over 130 cities in U.S.

The Crisis Response team created a new resources page to help the aftermath of Southwest Monsoon floods, which hit the Island of Luzon, Philippines.

The page has information in both Filipino and English and features emergency contact information and links, a new instance of Google Person Finder, a map of shelter locations and flood information, and the latest news, powered by Google News and YouTube.

Person Finder "helps people submit or search for information about loved ones who may have been affected." The tool's been translated into Filipino and can easily be embedded on any site.

Google also shared a map showing the locations of shelters and the extent of the flood, with real-time information from Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards).

Google Crisis Response Resource Page for Floods in the Philippines: Google Person Finder, landing page with emergency information

Google added a new type vehicle "Lexus RX450h" to its self-driving car family over the past few month.

We're using advanced computer science to try and make driving safer and more enjoyable.

"Our vehicles, of which about a dozen are on the road at any given time, have now completed more than 300,000 miles of testing," posted Chris Urmson, Engineering Lead. "They've covered a wide range of traffic conditions, and there hasn't been a single accident under computer control," adds Urmson.

To provide the best experience, "we'll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter," he said. As a next step, "members of the self-driving car team will soon start using the cars solo (rather than in pairs), for things like commuting to work."

Google Self-driving Lexus RX450h Car