On your way back from work, you check your phone to know which route(s) is free so you can avoid traffic congestion. There are usually many flashpoints of congestion, especially during peak hours, which you wouldn't want to get caught up in. This is the routine for many people living in busy cities like Lagos where traffic is a daily menace.Keeping your location services on helps Google predict traffic conditions Click To Tweet
Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google. It offers satellite imagery, aerial photography, street maps, 360° interactive panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions, and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle and air (in beta), or public transportation. In 2019, Google Maps was used by over 1 billion people every month.
How does Google Maps know where there is traffic congestion?
From your phone and the phones of millions of other people around the world. On your phone, there is a location feature. By keeping track of locations, the map can tell where there are many people moving at the same time whether at a slow pace or with speed.
On their blog page, the Google company says: "When you choose to enable Google Maps with My Location, your phone sends anonymous bits of data back to Google describing how fast you're moving. When we combine your speed with the speed of other phones on the road, across thousands of phones moving around a city at any given time, we can get a pretty good picture of live traffic conditions. We continuously combine this data and send it back to you for free in the Google Maps traffic layers."
One act of kindness you can do today is to put on your location when you are on the road because together, we can help each other avoid traffic congestions. 😊