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Google Maps’ latest update will now provide traffic information in 12 more cities and national highways and expressways in India, the company said on its blog. Google Maps users can now get traffic updates in Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai, Bhopal.

This brings traffic updates on Google Maps across a total of 34 cities and the feature will be available on both mobile as well as desktop. On enabling the Traffic layer in the menu, users will see routes mapped out in different colours – green means no traffic delays on the road, orange indicates medium amount of traffic and red stands for heavier congestion. In Navigation mode, Google Maps will also use real time traffic information to more accurately estimate your time of arrival, and to provide options for alternate routes if there are faster options available.

Google Maps had first introduced live traffic coverage for Indian cities in September 2012, starting with 6 cities and later added 6 more cities in December 2012.

Other Google Maps updates in India 

Google Maps Hindi: The Hindi version of the Google Maps app was launched in July last year. It allowed users to read name labels of historical monuments, localities, important roads, public parks, schools, etc in both Hindi and English. At the time Hindi labels visible on Google Maps were generated by transliterating the English names into Hindi, but the company had claimed that efforts were being made to ensure the text resonates with local dialects.

Google Maps transit data: Earlier in May, Google Maps had added local transit datafor bus and metro information in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, in addition to railway schedules for over 12,000 trains, to its app. Users can simply request directions on Google Maps like before. In the results, users need to select the ‘Public Transit’ option which then displays which metros, trains and buses are available on the given route.

Voice-enabled lane guidance: Earlier in January, Google introduced a new lane guidance feature on Google Maps for Android and iOS users in India. The Google Maps app will now provide voice-guided instructions, signalling the lane users should stay in, or move to, in navigation mode. The lane guidance system is available for major roads in 20 cities including Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Coimbatore, Delhi, Indore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Kolkata, Nagpur, Surat, Mumbai, Vadodara, Mysore, Visakhapatnam and Thiruvananthapuram. The system also covers the major express highways across the country like the one between Pune and Mumbai.

Google also introduced turn-by-turn navigation and voice guided instructions in Hindi, which can be set as the preferred language within the “Language and input” menu. Interestingly, there is also an English (India) option, that will provide voice-guided instructions in Indian English accent.