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Can Google Cure Road Rage in DC Area?

by Mark Wellborn

Real-time traffic data recently revealed that the DC region boasts the fourth-worst traffic congestion in the country behind Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. For those on the verge of daily road rage in the region, Google is trying to make things better for you.

Yesterday, the search engine giant added a traffic re-routing feature to its Google Maps Navigation Android application. (Google Maps Navigation is an internet-connected GPS navigation system with voice guidance that can be used on smartphones.)

Can Google Cure Road Rage in DC Area?: Figure 1
Real-time traffic in DC when things are running smoothly. Courtesy of Google Maps.

In the past, a user would enter a destination address and the app would find the fastest route as well as set up alternative routes (like those that use side roads), however current traffic conditions were not taken into account. The new version uses real-time traffic data to re-route you around traffic jams and back-ups.

So, if you have an Android phone and commute from Woodbridge to DC each day, you can probably get rid of that clunky GPS now. The Navigation app is free.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/googles_enhanced_app_for_dcs_traffic_congestion/3118

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