Google Maps: Traffic

Yes, Google Maps on the iPhone is really, really, cool. It is not, however, the only way to get at all of that handy real-time traffic congestion information the iPhone has access to. As long as you have an Internet connection and a Web browser, you can take advantage of this feature, too.

A quick click of the Google Traffic button...

Just point your favorite Web browser at the Google Maps Web site, and search for the area you need traffic congestion information for. Next, click the Traffic button to overlay real-time traffic data on the map.

...tells me to stay clear of I225.

Unfortunately, Google traffic data isnit available for every city. While Denver, Colorado, does have real time traffic information available, for example, Colorado Springs does not -- a big annoyance for me every time Iim there because I25 is perpetually under construction in the Springs.

The portability of an iPhone makes Googleis traffic feature really useful when you are on the road, but that doesnit mean that checking traffic conditions from your Mac before you take off isnit useful, too. A quick check before heading out the door can keep you from driving right into a nasty delay.

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