The world of digital navigation has more and more options, yet one Google Maps feature puts it ahead. It’s not just about its vast database or intuitive interface, but a game-changing feature.
Immediate access to real-time traffic information is a common expectation. Waze has a real-time traffic reporting approach, and Apple Maps, which is trying to take the crown from Google, offers instant views of the roads. But what if we could look beyond the present? That’s where Google Maps shines and has no competition.
If you are preparing a trip, you already know that traffic can be unpredictable. Now, with Google Maps, you’re not limited to simply seeing what the roads are like in the absolute present. On the other hand, with its color palette – from green to red – you can travel back in time.
Green means the road is clear, orange indicates moderate traffic, and red and dark red warn of heavy traffic. But, The real magic of Google Maps that differentiates it from its competition is found in its ability to advance in 5-minute intervalsvisualizing traffic conditions, choosing specific days to predict what the estimated flow will be like on that date based on history.
Google Maps allows you to visualize what the traffic will be like based on previous patterns, giving you a clear idea of when is the best time to leave. This ability to see the future is not only a technical advantage, but a planning tool that its competition such as Waze or Apple Maps does not have.
Google Maps is the best at analyzing the fastest route
For example, if you know that a particular intersection tends to get congested at a specific time, you can adjust your departure accordingly, thus avoiding frustrating delays. While Waze can take you on alternate routes in real time and Apple Maps gives you a clear view of current conditions, just Google Maps offers you a time capsule for traffic.
Although competition is fierce in the world of navigation applications, it is evident that Google Maps still has an ace up its sleeve. The next time you plan your route, remember that there’s more than just real-time traffic: there’s forecasting, and Google Maps provides it.