Road users in Penang, Melaka and Ipoh will now be able to use Google Maps to check on traffic conditions. The service is an extension to the Traffic layer introduced by Google Malaysia earlier in the year for the Klang Valley.
Google’s Traffic layer provides data about real time road congestion right on the map in order to help users find how to get to where they need to go as quickly as possible.
Colours are overlapped onto roads — red for bumper-to-bumper traffic, yellow for slow moving transit and green for free flowing traffic — so that users can easily determine the level of congestion they will face.
The traffic data shown on Google Maps comes from a variety of sources, including government departments of transportation, private data providers, and users of Google Maps for mobile who contribute anonymous speed information through its traffic crowdsourcing feature.
Traffic data is refreshed every few minutes with the most recent known conditions – the addition should prove a boon for those in these three new areas, especially those with long daily commutes.