If you live in a big city, you know that getting from point A to point B usually involves lots of cars, honking, and stop and go traffic which can add time to your trip.  When you get directions from Google Maps, they conveniently tell you how many miles the trip is, and about how long it will take.  The problem though, is that the estimated time really does you no good in the city. Not so anymore! Google Maps has just added a new option which gives you an estimate of about how long your drive will take in traffic.

For now, this option isn’t available for every metropolitan area, there’s just a select few, Chicago being one of them. I decided to give it a try, so I did a route from the suburbs of Chicago, into downtown Chicago. It displayed that the trip was about 52 miles and under normal conditions, it would take about 1 hour and 18 minutes.  However, with traffic, it could take up to 1 hour and 30 minutes. You can also drag and drop the blue line indicating your route if you think a different way would be faster. Nice, huh?

Google in traffic time

Toll Roads

Now I know that this is “old” news, but I just noticed it and thought some of you may not have noticed it yet either.  Did you realize that Google indicates if the road you’ll be traveling on is a toll road? In some states, these toll roads are everywhere, and so you have to make sure you have enough cash on you to pay for them. If you’re not sure whether the route you’ll be taking includes toll roads, Google will tell you.

Toll road

There Are 2 Comments

  1. Count me in as someone who didn’t know this. This is pretty nice and gives Google another edge over Mapquest.

  2. Google is really on top of things! I don’t think that any other map software comes close to the features they offer, and the fast response time that their maps has. I hardly ever have to wait very long for them to load, and search results for places appear almost instantly.

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