Google yesterday said that is Maps navigation beta will not only you how to get where you want to go but how to avoid traffic jams on the way there.
"Before today, Navigation would choose whichever route was fastest, without taking current traffic conditions into account," says Google Mobile Blog. "It would also generate additional alternate directions, such as the shortest route or one that uses highways instead of side roads. Starting today, our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates." T
The Navigation app now automatically guides you along the best route given the current traffic conditions. The Android app works in both North America and Europe.
Once cars build in web access, Google's Navigation app will likely sound the death knell to navigation systems that come installed in cars. Google's free app will be preferred over navigation systems you must pay for.
In the meantime, you can use the Navigation app via any Android smartphone.