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Live Traffic Info, Mobile Killer App

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For someone who doesn’t drive, I am not the one who should be talking about live traffic information on the mobiles. But still, given the time I am riding shotgun giving directions, live traffic data makes perfect sense for mobile phones. In recent past I have used Google Maps to find my way – first on a Blackberry and more recently on a Nokia E61.

Now Google has launched a new service that allows you to get traffic information in more than 30 major metropolitan areas including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

The app works on a handful of phones. Nextel users are out of luck and so are those of you using Palm and Brew-based phones. Okay this is what I don’t understand: why not Treo. Have they not noticed that Treo is the favorite device of most sales people, especially on the road. Insurance agents and other reps like Treo as well. Anyway GMM is not the only option for traffic data. My dear friend Gary Price has this awesome post where he has put together a full list of services that offer traffic data over mobiles.

16 Responses to “Live Traffic Info, Mobile Killer App”

  1. This suggests that Google can follow wiki-kind of approach – people can report in congestions. Just like information wikis, one hopes stale and mis-information will be diluted by accurate reportings.

  2. If you aren’t getting up-to-date info from your radio, perhaps you should call to alert them when you’re stuck in traffic. I’m sure they’d appreciate it. After all, there’s no way a service using automated info from official sources could be half as accurate as a service from the same town, who has a local number for tips and real people at the other end.

  3. Joe Rhoney

    So cool! I love it!

    Maps for Blackberry was already drop dead cool. This makes it amazing!

    On my commute this morning, it was totally accurate.

  4. Erik Schwartz

    It’s kind of a neat model. People look at their phones to get traffic info. They are distracted trying to manipulate horrid mobile UI’s and understand tiny screens. They get in accidents and tie up traffic which gives the system something to report…