Google Maps’ traffic updates arrive in Ireland, across Europe

14 Jul 2011

Google Maps has implemented live traffic updates in 13 European countries, including Ireland.

Mashable reports that the traffic feature was introduced in the US in 2008 and has now reached numerous other regions across Europe to make it easier for drivers to plan trips.

Thirteen countries now have access to live traffic updates, including Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.

The feature shows live traffic information on motorways, and national and other large roads, pointing out how quickly or slowly traffic is moving. The information is updated based on traffic events from the last five or 10 minutes.

The feature also shows traffic predictions based on previous conditions. When a user chooses a day and a time, Google Maps takes previous traffic information and estimates traffic conditions during that period.

At the moment, live traffic updates are focused on roads to and within cities such as Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Limerick, Waterford and Cork.

Google Maps with live traffic updates is available on web browsers and mobile devices.

Google Maps Live Traffic Dublin