For long, commuters have had to rely on radio to get live traffic updates around the city. Until now, you had to tune to Radio One or Sanyu Fm where journalists call in and give live traffic updates around major roads in Kampala. Now, Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation will also show you not only directions to your destination but also inform you of traffic jams.
While this feature has been around in other cities around the world, Kampala only had turn-by-turn voice navigation. We started spotting the feature about one month ago. We have been testing it for a while now and it seems to be quite accurate.
Google maps will use red lines to show heavy traffic while green lines signify low traffic. With this in mind, you can plan your route accordingly to avoid Kampala’s notorious traffic jams. To turn on live traffic, tap the menu icon and then check “All Traffic”.
Because Google now can pull live traffic updates, it can also tell you how long it will take you to get your work or home if you set these locations in your account. When I wake up in the morning to start my commute, I normally get notifications about how long it will take to get to work.
Google apparently uses a combination of whitty algorithms and machine learning to show you routes and live traffic updates.
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