Google Maps to add real-time traffic data

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By now, everyone has started using mapping apps on mobile devices to wend their way to certain locations, or at the very least, find out just where they are. Not one to ever be called complacent, Google will also make it possible to find out about traffic jams and anything else that could delay you on your journey.

Google announced Tuesday its maps will now include real-time updates about accidents, construction and other potential traffic incidents. Google will leverage the 50 million users of Waze, the social mapping app Google bought last year. When Wazers (what Waze users call themselves) report accidents and so forth on Waze, that data will appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, U.K. and the U.S.

In addition, Waze has been updated with Google Search and Street View to help them find locations and report incidents more easily. It was started as a crowdsource app to help users track commuter routes and road closures, and now with 50 million users it will be a rather large data source for every Google Maps user.

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