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    Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

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    Allblackberry.com - our latest content affiliate - recently reviewed Google Maps, a free software from Google you can install on your BlackBerry. An updated version of this great application is now available, featuring real-time traffic information in over 30 major US metropolitan areas. The technology used for the traffic feature comes from ZipDash, a startup Google acquired in 2005. The traffic/speed database is built from multiple sources, including users. As the application is used on some phones, it reports its GPS information back to Google servers. This information is aggregated to build a picture of the current traffic situation.


    Select the “Show Traffic” option in the menu


    Easily spot where the traffic is

    Just like the rest of this software, the Traffic feature is easy to use, simply select “Show Traffic” in the menu. Displayed on top of your map, you’ll see 3 colors representing 3 traffic speeds:
    - Green when speed is over 50 mph
    - Yellow when speed is between 25 mph and 50- mph
    - Red when speed is less than 25 mph


    Chose alternate routes


    Traffic legend

    The Google Maps software is not quite a full replacement for a GPS/Navigation system in your car but we are getting closer!

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    Great program!! I use it every day. With my accounts and stores that I have to take care of, it's hard know where they are. I use google maps for the directions, as well as for traffic. Awesome program!
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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    Thanks Hydn. This is a great program. Traffic overlay is extremely useful in CT.

    NOTE: I tried the Rand McNally traffic program:
    http://www.handango.com/PlatformProd...82288&R=182288
    and found it to be spotty and significantly delayed. Google Maps is the way to go. At least until someone builds a better mousetrap (real time traffic program that is).

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    This is pretty cool...I generally use the navi-system in my car when traveling.....

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    I love Google Maps! Very handy app when you don't know exactly where you're going.

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    Im gonna upgrade my current and give it a try...
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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    Quote Originally Posted by sb127
    I love Google Maps! Very handy app when you don't know exactly where you're going.
    i never know exactly where i'm going....
    good review...have to check it out

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~used it this weekend on a lil getaway. It was great byepassed most of the traffic

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    I love the program!!
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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    I just wish they had it in my city. Nothing for Charlotte.

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    Crew,

    What's the web for blackberry access. And is there a fee that has to be paid?

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    www.google.com/gmm is the download site.

    I use this product a LOT. One of the best features is you can save favorite places on a map or favorite routes! If you have a favorite route of "Home to Work" you can run it in the morning, for example, before you leave. Not only does it give you the standard turn by turn and estimated time for travel, but if you live in a heavy trafic area (Seattle for example) it will say "Travel time: 53 minutes" and "Trafic dely: 34 minutes". So, this gives you an estimate that it will take you 34 minutes longer than the "normal" travel time. The Satalite view works pretty slick too. I still wish map programs would give you some control over the route. Some routes I map take me through back roads instead of a local highway. Frustrating.
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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    Thanks for your input woodi, also I fixed your link for ya.

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~thats a good idea woodi, never though of running my route to work in the morning. But then again I leave way before most of early morning commute. Now that I take the train I don't care. Lol. Plus it gives me more time to bb hahahahahah

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    Re: Review: Real time traffic with Google Maps

    Thanks cp6169! I guess you have that right after 4,016 posts! I'm not quite there yet!

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