Google maps traffic report

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by umdjb, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. umdjb macrumors regular

    May 27, 2006
    Washington D.C.
    Does anyone know how accurate the Google traffic report is on the maps ? Where does that info come from ?
  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    It comes from the Metro-DOT info. Ever see those diamonds carved into the freeway? It measures vehicle speed and reports back. The only question is how often Google updates the info.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Google provides very little information about how Maps uses traffic data. See their mobile page for more info.
  4. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Cabin by a lake
    Major cities across the U.S. have sensors throughout their highways, and they use this to measure the average vehicle speed in various sections. The data is used to automate warnings on highway signs, control traffic light flow, etc.

    The data is made available for public use, and is usually updated every two minutes or so.

    I do not know how often Google maps checks it.
  5. beate macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    This worked for me. I had a 50 mile commute and was stuck in stop & crawl traffic. As I was just sitting there I decided to check traffic.
    Red all the way. Sadly, this was accurate.
  6. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

    Jan 20, 2003
    I always thought those diamonds meant "HOV lane."
  7. fozo macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2007
    this is not working for me sometime. Sometime I was on the map and it gave me the error, like offline message. And it took awhile to get back on. Any one got that?
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    There are the big white paint diamonds which mean HOV lane, then there are the diamond-shaped cuts in the pavement. Those hide the sensors. (You also see them at traffic-controlled intersection signals.) They aren't painted, they're just cut-then-patched bits of pavement, where the cuts have been made in (usually) a diamond shape.

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