Google Maps is rolling out its traffic coverage feature in seven new countries
Google has introduced a new live traffic coverage feature for Cape Town and Johannesburg, which allows users of its map service to check traffic conditions and possible routes.
Google recently announced it would be rolling out this feature in seven new countries, namely Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa.
It also said it would be improving and expanding its coverage in 19 countries where traffic data is already available, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK..
The new feature, which for South Africans is currently only available in Cape Town and Johannesburg, allows users to view current traffic conditions as well as estimated travel times, according to Matthias Ernst, Google Maps software engineer.
"For our new users, you can check traffic conditions by visiting maps.google.com and clicking on the traffic layer in the widget on the upper right-hand side of the map," said Ernst in a blog post.
"This useful traffic information is also available on Google Maps for Mobile devices and Google Maps Navigation."
Ernst added that should the roads you use not yet show traffic information you can help out your fellow drivers by using Google Navigation or Google Maps for Mobile while driving and improve traffic data.