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Tuesday, 25th July 2006

Google Mobile Adds Traffic Info on Google Maps Mobile & More Sources For Traffic Maps and Cams, Listen to Your Route

Google has added traffic info on their Google Maps Mobile (GMM) product for 30 U.S. cities. No international traffic is available. Also, Google Maps Mobile is only available for certain makes and models of mobile phones. Here's a list. Google Maps Mobile still does NOT work with Nextel or BREW-enabled phones from Verizon, Alltel, U.S. Cellular, etc. GMM also doesn't work from any Palm devices like a Treo. If your phone and wireless provider qualifies, today's news also has several new personalization options available.

A Small Selection of Sources for Mobile and Non-Mobile Traffic Info Sources (aka Not a Comprehesive List)

+ Forget Maps. SEE YOUR TRAFFIC. Trafficland.com's AirVideo Service (DC Metro) offers LIVE traffic cameras (see the roads) on your mobile device (including Treo's and Blackberry's). Btw, TrafficLand's web service continues to expand into more cities. Cool! AirVideo offers a two-week trial. The web-based Trafficland service is free.

+ The City of New York offers a page of traffic cameras optimized for mobile users.

+ California (Bay Area): SigAlert.com offers a mobile service with real-time data, cameras, maps, and traffic times. The also provide traffic updates via RSS.

+ Wiresoft Offers Traffic For Mobile Devices (Maps too!) for Several Metro Areas. Details here. Cities include:
+ Baltimore/Washington DC, MD, VA
+ Canadian Border
+ Chicago, IL
+ Denver, CO
+ Minneapolis, MN
+ Phoenix, AZ
+ Portland, OR
+ Salt Lake City, UT
+ San Diego, CA
+ San Francisco, CA
+ Seattle/Tacoma, WA

+ MSN Offers Highly Localized Text Traffic Reports via SMS. Work well.

+ Synfonic Offers Local Traffic (text) for the SF Bay Area via SMS.

+ Traffic.com Offers Real-Time Traffic Reports Delivered RSS to your Mobile Device, Via RSS, and E-Mail. Alerts, too!
They also offer (free) interactive traffic. Speak your routing info and get a report. Free!

+ Rand McNally-Real Time Traffic Maps
Info for 96 metro areas. Available for many wireless carriers and phones. Fee-based.

+ Non-U.S.:
UK: Trafficeye
Real-time traffic mapped onto MSN Live Local maps.
UK: Traffic TV Mobile.
More here.
UK: GetmeThere.co.uk offers numerous services including text messaging, traffic cams, and more.
France: Mappy.com Offers Live Traffic Info (Non-Mobile)
France: Maporama Offers Real-Time Traffic Info, Beta (Non-Mobile, Powered by TrafficFirst, Look for Links in Left Rail)

++ NOTE: MSN Auto and Yahoo Maps offer real time traffic info. Google Maps does not offer this feature.

UPDATE: Let's call this one a map "related" beta. No GPS? Maporama will allow you to create an itinerary (many countries) and then let you to listen to the route with turn-by-turn directions after downloading the file to your MP3 player (including iPod) Now that's mobile!


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