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Google Now Delivers Real Time Traffic Update On Maps

The search engine giant will now offer traffic information in real time on its popular Google Maps online services in partnership with the Highways Agency.

Data will be collected from all motorways and major so-called A roads in England. In addition, four major cities - Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and London - will benefit from additional real time traffic down to street level.

Users will be able to add a "live traffic" overlay with a four-colour code, ranging from black to green, and will also be able to check traffic at a particular day and time using data based on past conditions.

Th Director of Information at the Highways Agency, Denise Plumpton, said that "This sort of project is a key part of our information strategy aimed at getting traffic information out to motorists where and when they need it"

The mobile version of Google maps has yet to be implemented which means that you will need to use a laptop if you want live traffic data on the move. The information will be provided in real time from the Highways Agency HQ in Birmingham.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.