Driving on Indian roads is not unlike navigating an obstacle course, with motorists on two-wheelers and four-wheelers trying to dodge city buses (which don't follow the lane system), autos and errant pedestrians. And that's not even accounting for the wildlife that manages to find its way onto the roads in the country. Google is now trying to make sense of the chaos by bringing real-time traffic information for twelve cities.
Starting today, Google Maps will show live traffic information in the following cities:
Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai, Bhopal
Google will also show traffic conditions on all national highways and expressways. With the Traffic layer enabled, you'll be able to see congestion levels on your planned route:
While green means there are no traffic delays on the road, orange indicates a medium amount of traffic and red alerts to you beware of heavier traffic congestion.
Google will use the real-time traffic information to estimate the time of arrival at your destination, and suggest alternate routes that are not as congested. It is a feature that will undoubtedly come in handy in the country.