Google Mobile today announced that Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android will now automatically route you around traffic in North America and Europe where both Navigation and real-time traffic data are available.
"You don't have to do anything to be routed around traffic; just start Navigation like you normally would, either from the Navigation app or from within Google Maps. Before today, Navigation would choose whichever route was fastest, without taking current traffic conditions into account. It would also generate additional alternate directions, such as the shortest route or one that uses highways instead of side roads.
Starting today, routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates. That means that Navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions," explains Google.
With more than 35 million miles driven by Navigation users every day, this should add up to quite a bit of time saved! Not only can you save time and fuel, you're making traffic better for everyone else by avoiding traffic jams.