Google Uses Android Phones To Make Automobile Traffic Reports Worldwide

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 21:33
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Google Uses Android Phones To Make Automobile Traffic Reports Worldwide

Tags: google | phones | privacy; security

Google announced today that its mobile maps will provide live traffic data on 130 new U.S. cities, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as well as in the capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama.

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Technology Review reports: "The mapping function on an Android-powered device sends Google anonymous data on your position and current speed that it uses to figure out traffic flows—if you're traveling along a freeway at 60 miles per hour, but suddenly slow to a crawl, Google knows that traffic most likely just snarled up."

 

 

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