Google Maps’ voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and live traffic updates now available for Maps users in India.
Google Maps Navigation (Beta) is free and accessible to any smartphone user running Android 2.2 or later, and live traffic information is visible on both the mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps.
Google Maps Navigation takes advantage of your mobile Internet connection and Google’s comprehensive map data to help you plan your journeys with confidence.
In India, you’ll have access to information about any of the thousands of cities, towns, roads, and points of interest that have been mapped by users in Google Map Maker.
If you’ve Google Maps for Mobile installed — just keep an eye out for the blue arrow, which’ll always point you toward navigation. “Your phone will announce upcoming directions to you as you move along your route in Indian accent (if you’ve selected the Indian English locale on in your phone settings).”
Google Maps Navigation also let you search places — by just typing or speaking the destination name or address into the app.
Google Maps also now offer “live traffic” information for major roads in metro cities such as Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad.
“You can view live traffic by enabling the traffic layer on maps.google.co.in or in the Google Maps app on your smartphone, or simply by visiting google.co.in and entering a query like ‘traffic in delhi’,” Google said.
When using maps.google.co.in in a desktop browser, you can also check “typical” traffic conditions for a particular day and time.
Finally, in places where traffic data is available, Google Maps Navigation will take congestion into account to ensure that you’re always given the directions most appropriate to current conditions.
Google’s traffic data color scheme’s include — “red for significant congestion, yellow for minor slow-downs, and green for free-flowing traffic.”
Note: While Google Maps app itself is a free download and Google doesn’t charge for access to Navigation, users would be charged for mobile data charges they incur while using the app.