Google Maps Android App Bring Real-time Traffic Info, Nearby Places & Bus Schedules

Starting today, just swipe up on Google Maps on Android for info—in real time—at the bottom of your home screen under a Places tab, a Driving tab and a Transit tab.

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Get real-time commute info now in one tap in real time at the bottom of home screen with updated Google Maps app for Android by just swiping up and you'll see three new tabs that display info on nearby places, traffic conditions and public transit schedules.

With this update, the three new tabs a "Places tab, Driving tab and a Transit tab" will show up—and under the Places tab, a curated lists of nearby eatries around or in any choosen location along with information on spots like ATMs, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores are delivered.

The driving tab, will show nearby traffic conditions and real-time ETAs (if home and work addresses saved) with expected delays on the road ahead.

Tapping on "start driving" will take you to directly into driving mode and will prompt real-time traffic info during en route. This stops turn-by-turn directions.

From the transit tab, dependin on a user's saved home and work addresses, "a bus or train recommendation and an ETA for arrival times is shown." Users when heading somewhere else, can "swipe down to find nearby transit stations along with real-time schedules," says Google Maps product manager.

Goolge Maps Android App: new Places, Driving and Transit Tab

Goolge Maps app Android: New Places, Driving and Transit Tab.

Places Tab in Google Maps App for Android

New Places Tab

Driving Tab in Gooogle Maps app for Android

New Driving Tab

Transit tab in Google Maps app for Android

New Transit Tab

In other cloud news, Google is reporting that the European Union's Data Protection Authorities confirmed that "Google Cloud services' contractual commitments fully meet the requirements to legally frame transfers of data from the EU to the rest of the world, in accordance with EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC."

"The authorities have concluded that Google's agreements for international transfers of data for G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are in line with the European Commission's "model contract clauses" and should therefore not be considered "ad hoc" clauses," writes Google Cloud team.

In practice, "this compliance finding will enable our customers in most EU countries to rely on Google Cloud model contract clauses for the international transfer of data without further authorizations, and will simplify the processing of national authorizations in other countries, where required. It will also help to facilitate our customers' data protection risk assessments," the team added.

For more details, please visit the EU Data Protection Directive page.