Google has added live traffic coverage to Johannesburg and Cape Town as part of its roll-out of the service to 7 new countries: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa.
In the blog post announcing Google’s expanded live traffic coverage, Google Maps software engineer Matthias Ernst wrote that the traffic data allows you to see current traffic conditions and also gives you estimated travel times.
Users can check traffic conditions by visiting the Google Maps website and clicking on the traffic layer in the widget on the upper right-hand side of the map. Traffic information is also available on Google Maps for mobile devices and Google Maps Navigation.
“If the roads you are traveling do not yet show traffic information, don’t despair,” wrote Ernst. “You can help your fellow drivers and improve traffic data by using Google Navigation or Google Maps for Mobile while traveling.”