Apple Maps Now Provides Traffic Data in Four More European Countries

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Apple Maps has recently been updated with all-new traffic data in Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, and San Marino, providing users with real-time updates about vehicular traffic in four more European countries. As usual, highly congested areas will have orange or red lines along the roads to indicate that drivers may face delays.


Apple Maps traffic data is available in over 30 other countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, and other European countries.

Meanwhile, Apple Maps transit directions are now available in São Paulo, Brazil.

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gsmornot

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I wish Apple Maps included exit numbers. Why they took that away I just don't know. I have to use Google when I need that info.
 

jmh600cbr

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I always find the traffic less acurate than google's. if i know there will be traffic, i switch to google. which is unfortunate because i like apple maps better.
 

waitandwait

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Apple Maps is one notable failure for Apple.. No transit, bus, traffic, street view, terrain maps for 95% of the world... sigh..
 

hagar

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I find iOS 10 to be a huge improvement. Shows a lot of traffic info while driving.

But the algorithm is bad: Apple maps definitely does not show the fastest route. Waze is easily 20% faster to reach a destination as Apple does not seem to know all the shortcuts or reroute frequently.
 

Gasu E.

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I find iOS 10 to be a huge improvement. Shows a lot of traffic info while driving.

But the algorithm is bad: Apple maps definitely does not show the fastest route. Waze is easily 20% faster to reach a destination as Apple does not seem to know all the shortcuts or reroute frequently.

Now, that's a matter of philosophy. I abandoned Waze because it re-routed continuously. I like to know where I'm going, and I don't care if I miss the best route by 2 minutes. Waze was constantly telling me to pull off main roads into side streets with very little warning that it was changing on me. I agree if there is an accident or construction, but this is literally to save 1 minute overall. I hate back-seat drivers barking orders at me-- it's disconcerting and dangerous.
 

hagar

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Now, that's a matter of philosophy. I abandoned Waze because it re-routed continuously. I like to know where I'm going, and I don't care if I miss the best route by 2 minutes. Waze was constantly telling me to pull off main roads into side streets with very little warning that it was changing on me. I agree if there is an accident or construction, but this is literally to save 1 minute overall. I hate back-seat drivers barking orders at me-- it's disconcerting and dangerous.
You are absolutely right. Apple seems to prefer the main roads and does not send people into side road or suggest the horrible thing to take an exit on the highway only to immediate go on it again in order to pass a traffic jam. That's really disgusting and egotistical.

But that being said, the other day Apple Maps suggested to take a detour of 15 minutes while there was a direct main road it refused to suggest. But when I did take that road, my arrival time immediately jumped 15 minutes ahead so it was not a question of outdated traffic info or something else. Weird.
 

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4 countries sure sounds good, until you realise that they have barely any public transport and their population all together is roughly about 1/10 of Paris...
[doublepost=1475164270][/doublepost]To think of it, they should have added Vatican! One more country to count in - but no work to be done at all, cause it doesn't have any public transport at all! :p
 
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I find iOS 10 to be a huge improvement. Shows a lot of traffic info while driving.

But the algorithm is bad: Apple maps definitely does not show the fastest route. Waze is easily 20% faster to reach a destination as Apple does not seem to know all the shortcuts or reroute frequently.
Having used both Apple Maps and Waze, I actually prefer the Map's algorithm, as it tends to give you a smoother and less stressful ride. The arrival estimates of the AM are also more realistic in my experience (80-90 mile / 120-130 km drives).

A funny bit is that I was testing the Google Maps the other day on the route I know and it did not show the road closed for repairs for over a month as such, suggesting I just drive through it, while AM & Waze were spot on.
 

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It sure looks prettier in iOS 10, but it's still lacking the red/amber/green status that Google provide on the ETA. This is a great indicator to general traffic on the route. Yes, Apple shows the traffic on the route, but it's still missing the overall traffic impact indication.

In the UK, searching for specific locations is still sub-optimal. It loves to give default addresses in the US for bars, restaurants etc. It really needs to get smarter.

But once a route is set, it works great. And I love that it remembers previous locations, unlike Google (if not logged in).
 

Superhai

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4 countries sure sounds good, until you realise that they have barely any public transport and their population all together is roughly about 1/10 of Paris...
Especially since they didn't add public transport, but just traffic data.
 

bingeciren

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Apple Maps is one notable failure for Apple.. No transit, bus, traffic, street view, terrain maps for 95% of the world... sigh..
I wholeheartedly agree. Their satellite imaging is stale, street data is old and missing many new developments. Google Maps runs circles around it.

Apple Maps was the first application I deleted from my phone, thanks to IOS 10.
 

hagar

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I wholeheartedly agree. Their satellite imaging is stale, street data is old and missing many new developments. Google Maps runs circles around it.

Apple Maps was the first application I deleted from my phone, thanks to IOS 10.

In Belgium it's definitely on par with the Google and Waze and I quite like it. I wonder why so many streets are still missing in some countries. As Apple licenses its road data from Tomtom, does this mean Tom Tom GPS devices are also old and incomplete?
 

bingeciren

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In Belgium it's definitely on par with the Google and Waze and I quite like it. I wonder why so many streets are still missing in some countries. As Apple licenses its road data from Tomtom, does this mean Tom Tom GPS devices are also old and incomplete?
You may have a point there. I checked the map of my TomTom app and sure enough TomTom is behind times.