Innovation: Google Maps On Your Mobile Phone Show Traffic Congestion

By July 29, 2006Innovation

Today we’ve begun a new occasional series on shopfloor.org called, simply, innovation.

As the President reminded us on Thursday in his speech, manufacturers are responsible for nearly three-fifths of all private sector research and development.

So, it seems fitting that with all that R&D we do, we should know a thing or two about innovation.

Our new series will focus on the products and inventions that are making the world a better place to live, work and play.

Today’s installent is about Google.

We just heard that Google has begun offering mobile phone users in more than 30 major U.S. cities the capacity to view highway maps with “live” traffic data.

Users can now chose a destination within Google Maps and select “show traffic” and Google will calculate the route to the location. The user will also receive information on road conditions highlighted in three colors: — red for congested, yellow or orange for slowdowns, and green for smooth sailing.

You can learn more about this new service at: http://google.com/gmm

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