London, UK: With millions of visitors expected in London for 2012 Olympics, Google Maps added real-time updates of service disruptions on London’s tube to avoid traffic chaos in the city. The tube service will provide warnings of upcoming service disruptions on tube lines and stations, similar to the information offered by Transport for London’s website and apps.
“Ahead of a busy summer in London, we are bringing real time service alerts for the London Underground to Google Map. We’ll let you know of any disruptions on the Underground that are happening at the time you need them most. To see these alerts, click on a station in a timetable or in the public transport directions results,” posted Google on the official Google Maps blog.
The new tube data will be incorporated into Google Maps online and on mobile phones. Updated every 30 seconds, it will also include details of planned engineering works in its journey planner.
Google Maps also recently added traffic updates for all roads, allowing users to assess typical traffic by time of day for smaller roads as well as major highways. The service already offers public transport directions for national train routes, London Underground, DLR and bus routes.
Source: The Telegraph