Google Maps affichera désormais le trafic sur l’écran d’accueil

Google Maps will now show traffic on the home screen

Traffic jams are really a nuisance and a waste of time. It’s always a bad surprise when your driving assistance app takes you through a completely blocked road. Fortunately, some apps can predict traffic. This is also the case of Google Maps, which is acquiring new functions. This is not new. Google Maps, like its counterpart Waze, which is also owned by Google, can predict traffic in real time. Only, you have to have the application open and a programmed route. However, traffic jams sometimes happen when you don’t expect them, even on routes you know by heart. To remedy this problem, Google Maps has just introduced a new feature: from now on, traffic predictions will be displayed directly on the smartphone’s home screen.

To benefit from this option, it will be necessary to place the application on your home screen. It will take the appearance of a small square that will allow you to quickly know the state of the roads around your current position. If the road is green, everything is fine, but if it turns red, there are traffic jams. “You will see this information for your current location directly from the Android home screen. So whether you’re about to leave home, work, school, or anywhere else, you’ll know exactly what the local traffic is like at a glance. And because Android widgets are touch-enabled, you can zoom without opening the Maps app,” explains Product Manager Luke Wroblewski in a blog post.

This toll prediction is enabled by Google Maps users and their travel history. If the app finds that multiple people using it are on the same street and parked, it understands that it’s probably blocked. On the other hand, this method does not allow knowing how the traffic will evolve in the minutes, even the hours to come.

At the moment, this function is designed only for Android smartphones and will arrive in the coming weeks, as well as the appearance of widgets that will allow you to archive your emails with a simple touch or by viewing the different to-do lists.

In Germany’s sights

On a completely different level, the Google group is the subject of an investigation by the competition police in Germany, due to alleged “restrictive practices” in its Google Maps mapping service.

The German federal anti-cartel office indicates in a statement that it has “initiated proceedings against Google Germany and Alphabet, the parent company, for possible restrictive practices of competition to the detriment of alternative mapping services on its Google Maps platform.”

Specifically, the US giant is accused of “limiting the possibility of combining Google’s map service with maps produced by third parties,” the institute detailed. This practice “runs the risk of hampering competition in the field of mapping services,” he adds.

Therefore, the anti-cartel office intends, as part of its investigation, to examine “whether this practice allows Google to expand its position of strength” in the online map market.

“Google’s customers and competitors” will be interviewed “in the coming weeks,” the agency adds.

“Google, as a company that exercises a dominant position in the markets, is subject to increased surveillance in terms of abuse,” says Andreas Mundt, its president.

The opening of this investigation is allowed by a law, which came into force last year, which strengthens the powers of the German competition police against large digital companies. This legislation allows you, in particular, to take immediate action, or open investigations, to prevent certain anti-competitive practices. Only condition: that the company is considered to be in a situation of “dominant position in the market”, a qualification appreciated by the office.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and Meta, which runs Facebook, have been placed under heightened surveillance by the office after being listed in this category. Amazon and Apple are also in the crosshairs, but have yet to receive this rating.

Sources: newsroom, web and AFP

Traffic jams are really a nuisance and a waste of time. It’s always a bad surprise when your driving assistance app takes you through a completely blocked road. Fortunately, some apps can predict traffic. This is also the case of Google Maps, which is acquiring new functions. This is not new. Google…


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