Just last week or so I wrote a post explaining (and praising) Google’s Traffic wonderful-ness through the Google Map App.
And now, Google’s Traffic has just gotten even BETTER. They have formed a collaboration with Waze, a social networking community.
I was unfamiliar with Waze, but apparently its users report accidents, road closures, construction, or (gasp) one guy with a broom, etc, all in real time.
And so, with this collaboration, you will often KNOW what is up ahead, causing those red lines (as long as someone has reported it through Waze)
I took a peek this morning at the traffic in New Jersey just outside of New York. I figured there was probably an accident someplace. I was right.
This screenshot below is how it looks on the iPhone. See red square-on-its-end? That is a WAZE report. Just touch on it and the information appears at the top of the screen.
This is great news for all road warriors. Next time you are on the road, remember you carry a LOT of traffic information on your phone, and using it wisely can save you bunches of time.