It was in September 2012 that Google Maps initially introduced live traffic updates for Indian cities. At that time, the feature was on available for just 6 cities. These included Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune. Later in December same year, 6 more cities were added.
Now, Google India has added the feature to 12 new Indian cities. These are Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai, and Bhopal.
It was in 2014 that the Hindi version of Google Maps app was launched allowing more users to access names of historical monuments, locations, roads, parks, schools etc while efforts are also being made to ensure that the test is brought in with other local dialects.
Google Maps app can be accessed both from mobile phones and desktops. Users will need to turn on the Traffic Layer option on Google Maps app which will allow routes mapped out in contrasting colours. Green colour signals no traffic delays while orange indicates medium traffic. Red colour signifies heavy traffic on the route.
The Google Maps app also shows real time traffic conditions across national highways and expressways in India. This can be activated via the Navigation mode which when turned on gives real time traffic information and also estimated time of arrival. It also offers alternative routes which could be taken to avoid congested areas.