Google Maps’ latest update for iOS brings “spoken traffic alerts” to help users avoid extensive traffic without having to reach for their smartphones. The alerts work when the smartphone is in navigation mode. The feature, which was previously exclusive to the Android app, is very useful for drivers wanting to reach their destination on time.
Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) mapping service keeps track of traffic congestion, and works fairly well with busy routes. Spoken and written feedback is initiated when the user enters a destination in the app. The app then verbally summarizes all incidents in the route (an example being a construction zone), and estimates the time it will take for a person to reach his/her destination. The service can monitor a route in real time and provide alternate routes whenever needed, along with explaining why a certain route would be more feasible.