Popular third-party navigation app Google Maps has just been updated to version 4.12.0 with a very notable feature to help battle the world of traffic gridlock.
The app will now offer audible alerts about relevant traffic issues. Before you head off, traffic descriptions will tell you a summary of the conditions on the way to work, school, or wherever. If a traffic problem – including an accident or congestion – pops up while you’re driving, the app will also let you know.
That’s a great new safety feature and should allow drivers to make decisions about their route without taking their eyes off the roadway.
Along with the usual slate of bug fixes, the update now also allows users to easily add new and missing business from the app’s sidebar.
Google Maps is designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.
Back in late September, the app was updated to bring support for the Apple Watch. While it’s not a full-fledged solution like Apple Maps on the wearable device, users are able to view text-based directions to their home, work, and other recent routes.
Here’s an interactive preview from our sister site WatchAware.
I’m a big fan of using Google Maps when at all possible, and the new spoken traffic alerts will definitely help make my commute a little more bearable – and maybe even a bit shorter.
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