Google Maps now using both live and historic traffic data, enables you to "see the estimated length of time your journey might take." "In areas where the information is available, this new and improved feature evaluates current traffic conditions and is constantly being refreshed to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date estimate possible," informed Szabolcs Payrits, Software Engineer, Google Maps.
To see this feature, simply access directions as you normally would on Google Maps. Below the time estimate for how long your trip might take without any traffic, you'll see the adjusted estimate that factors in current traffic data. For example, if you try to get to JFK Airport from Manhattan you can see it is quicker to take the train versus a taxi during rush hour.
If the roads you're traveling do not yet show the current traffic information, you can help improve traffic data about road conditions and speeds by turning on the "My Location" feature on Google Maps for Android.
Also, just in time for spring, Google added new 45° imagery which includes 13 new U.S. cities and 2 international locations.
Finally, Google Maps in Malaysia gets the following new features:
First up, a Traffic layer, which provides data about real time road congestion right on the map. Users can quickly see whether roads are congested or flowing freely based on colour coding -- red for choc-a-bloc, yellow for slow moving, and green for smooth flowing.
Second, Transit information of the Malaysian public transportation is now available. Now, when going to the "Get Directions" tab, you'll see a new option -- designated with a bus icon -- to plan your route via public transport. The results of search will give you step-by-step public transportation directions on how to get from Place A to Place B via bus, LRT, monorail, and Komuter train.
Also, Google Maps is now available in Bahasa Malaysia, giving Malay native speakers better accessibility and the option of interfacing and navigating with Google Maps.
To learn more about traffic in Google Maps, watch this video tutorial:
To plan your journey and and get ahead in your travels, go to maps.google.com.my.