Google has expanded its live traffic coverage of Google Maps service in India in six new Indian cities including Panaji, Vadodara, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, reports AndroidOS.in. This is apart from the six Indian cities in which Google offered traffic data earlier.
This is a part of an expansion of live traffic coverage in 11 countries including India, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and the United States and introduced live traffic data in United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan.
Note that Google doesn’t offer a direct way to check which Indian cities have got live traffic data on Google Maps Android app at the time of writing this article and the web version suggests that it is offering live traffic data only in six Indian cities, however we noticed that when one zooms into any one of the cities mentioned above, one can view live traffic data for that city.
We also noticed that Google currently offers live traffic data for the above mentioned cities on its search engine Google.com, a feature which was launched in September 2012.
Voice Navigation in India: In September 2012, Google had officially rolled out its voice navigation service to India, starting with Google Maps for Android. Coinciding with this launch, the company had also started offering live traffic data for six Indian Cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. This live traffic data was available on the web version, Android Maps app, and the pre-iOS 6 default Google Maps app, although the navigation service was then limited for Android devices running on Android 2.2 or later.
Google Maps iOS 6 App: Apple dropped Google Maps as the default maps app in iOS 6, in favor of its own in-house Maps app. However, many iOS 6 were disappointed with the new default Maps app, which doesn’t offer the level of detail provided earlier by the Google powered Maps app. This ultimately led to Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly apologizing for iOS users for the maps mess. However, earlier this week Google released a native Google Maps app for iOS which offered features like voice based turn-by-turn navigation, public transport directions and its Street View service among others.
Interestingly, the company also offered an SDK for its iOS maps app and and an URL scheme, allowing third party app developers to utilize Google Maps service in their iOS apps and link to Google Maps iOS app, thereby bypassing the Apple Maps app entirely.