Apple Maps brings real-time traffic conditions to customers in Argentina

Apple Maps now provides real-time traffic conditions to customers in Argentina, according to Apple’s refreshed iOS Feature Availability webpage.

Apple Maps will now denote highly congested areas with orange or red lines along the roads, helping drivers avoid any delays. With today’s update, real-time traffic conditions are now available in a total of four Latin American countries via Apple Maps: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

Apple Maps launches Traffic data in Greece

Real-time updates about vehicular traffic on Apple Maps have expanded to include Greece, home to population of eleven million people, according to an update posted on Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage. The latest expansion comes hot on the heels of launching public transit directions on Maps in Prague earlier in the week.

Traffic data on Apple Maps is currently available in about three dozen countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark and more.

Apple Maps expands Flyover coverage, adds Traffic/Transit data for multiple locales

Flyover, a three-dimensional birds-eye view in Apple Maps, is now available in an additional thirty cities and popular tourist destinations in the United States and around the world. In addition, Transit and Traffic data in Maps is now available in several new cities.

Flyover takes advantage of a fleet of airplanes that photograph points of interest from multiple angles. These photos are then used to derive depth information from them to recreate buildings, landmarks and other objects in 3D space.

Apple Maps brings Nearby, Flyover and Traffic features to more countries and locations

A steady stream of regular Apple Maps backend updates continues unabated with the latest expansion of the Nearby and Flyover features in new cities and countries around the world. In addition to five new major cities in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom that now support Maps’ three-dimensional Flyover views, the Nearby feature is now available in Austria, Denmark, Japan and Switzerland to help Apple’s customers there find local businesses and points of interest relative to their current location.

Waze gains 3D Touch shortcuts on iPhone 6s

Google-owned social-mapping and traffic service Waze today pushed an update to its iPhone application in the App Store, adding handy shortcuts available upon pressing its Home screen icon on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Waze’s 3D Touch shortcuts provide access to popular features like address search, location sharing and turn-by-turn navigation based on your work and home address on file.

Waze now tells you how long you’ll be stuck in a traffic jam

Waze, a crowdsourced GPS, maps and traffic service owned by Google, has refreshed its iPhone and iPad application with a few new features.

Now available at no cost in the App Store, the new Waze 3.9.4 is much faster than before. More importantly, it has added a cool new feature which tells you how long you’ll be stuck in a traffic jam.

Other features like navigation, route select and re-routing have been sped up significantly, an important feat given that you’ll be using the app while driving.

Waze is rolling out AMBER alerts in US

Waze, a popular crowdsourced GPS, maps and traffic service, announced on Wednesday that it’s rolling out AMBER alerts in the United States.

Realized through a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the move brings AMBER alerts to Waze users when a child in their area has been abducted or gone missing.

Google Maps app now includes Waze incident reports

Putting its June acquisition of the popular social mapping and location startup Waze to good use, the Internet giant Google today announced that crowd-sourced incident reports from Wazers will be soon available through the Google Maps mobile apps for iOS and Android.

This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, their updates will also appear in real-time on the Google Maps mobile apps in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US…

How traffic routing apps can lend their services system-wide in iOS 6

In addition to sourcing maps data in iOS 6 from fifteen different companies, Apple also allows traffic routing apps from third-parties to lend their services to the entire system by way of new APIs.

And since Apple’s Maps app knows about routing apps in the App Store, it’ll give users a choice to download them when needed. This is making good on Apple’s promise that it will partner with third-party developers on Maps transit directions “where it makes sense”…

iPad Generates 87.6% of Worldwide Tablet Traffic

Website monitoring Pingdom calculated the share of worldwide tablet web traffic. The iPad comes out first, representing 87.6% of all tablet web browsing in the world.
In this analysis iPad accounts for almost 88% of tablet web traffic, Android for about 11% and the others trail far behind. Out of these operating systems, the only one that exists purely on tablets is iOS, but we strongly suspect that this is a good reflection of reality.
Last month, comScore had found that 95.5% of all tablet web traffic in the US comes from the iPad. No doubt that there is probably a margin of error, but still, these numbers are impressive.

Using the iPhone for traffic reporting?

I know that Google Maps for the iPhone lets you see traffic data in certain areas, but it is very limited by the quality and quantity of available data.  With the huge number of iPhones and there wide geographic dispersion and with its GPS and “always on” internet capabilities it should be pretty easy to to actually capture traffic data with an iPhone app.  This data could then be shared and distributed back to other iphone apps.

There have been other GPS’s with this approach, but it would pretty simple to create a simple app that has a “Traffic Start” button and a “Traffic End”  button that would then use the GPS coordinates and the time between the two points to calculate the location and amount of congestion. This very small packet of data could then be sent to a traffic data base (and maybe validated by other reports) and then retransmitted back to the other worthy iPhone users.

It would have to be something you could do while driving so I am envisioning a very simple screen tap to turn on and off.   Also it would take some data finess and number crunching on the server side, but wouldn’t it be cool!

Maybe we could just get Dash to write the app for us.