Google Maps New Feature: Live Traffic Widget

Ditipriya Ganguly
Ditipriya Ganguly June 19, 2022
Updated 2022/06/19 at 11:02 AM

Google has recently announced a new feature for its Google Maps application- a Widget to show live nearby traffic. Google Maps, along with showing routes and paths with less traffic congestion for easy and hassle free navigation, will now allow users to view live traffic not only from and within the application but also with the help of a widget on your lock screen and/or home screen. 

This feature is found to be similar with another driving and navigation application named Waze, which was acquired by Google a long time ago. Google Maps is quite a well-known app amongst all of us which we use in our day-to-day lives. It already has many eye-catching features such as letting the user know the approximate or estimated time of arrival including the total duration of the journey, which is shown in a visual manner to the user in the form of routes. It also alerts the user about any sort of upcoming traffic congestion on their path or route with yellow, orange, or red colors. It also suggests other shortcuts, and urges the user to take the less busy routes instead.  

This new “Live Traffic Widget” feature is the newest addition to the features family within the app .It will make navigation and traveling seamless for all the users. It will provide user information about the traffic in and around his/her current location and give him an idea about how he should plan his travel times for a more efficient and quick commute. 


This feature provides the user the privilege to view all this through their lock or home screen without even opening the Google Maps app. You can also zoom in to see the traffic nearby a particular location all through the widget without even opening the app.

“Whether you’re commuting or heading out to meet friends, Google Maps’ real-time traffic predictions can help you easily plan your route. And with the new nearby traffic widget, launching in the coming weeks, you’ll see this information for your current location right from your Android Home screen,” as quoted by Google. 

Google will be rolling out this feature over the next few weeks and it may not be available right away in your widgets library. 


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