Sudden traffic jam? Google Maps will now tell you when is the best time to leave

Google Maps has been displaying color-coded traffic info for a while now, painting the most congested areas in your city in red during rush hour, for instance, but it has just now become so confident in its traffic jam telling abilities, that the app is going into the prediction business.

When you tap “Directions” to go to a place in Google Maps now, and choose the car driving option, the “Route info” tab at the bottom left corner of the display will pull up not only the turn-by-turn recap of the trip, complete with Street View snapshots of each junction, but will …



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