Live Road Traffic Launches in 3 New Countries

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM


Today, Google Maps is expanding its offering of live road traffic in three new cities: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City, Kuwait and Guayaquil, Ecuador. Now, the maps of these locations are much more useful, as drivers can quickly determine the clearest route to their destinations and reduce the amount of time spent in the car. In addition to being able to see current traffic conditions, estimated travel times are also available to ease anxiety and help you plan your trips accordingly.


See road traffic in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Guayaquil, Ecuador

We’ve also improved the live traffic information to include more roads and highways in 15 regions where this popular feature of Google Maps is already available: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.

We hope this more comprehensive coverage provides a more accurate picture of the traffic conditions in these areas, and helps people to not only avoid getting stuck in traffic jams, but also more easily get where they want to go.


A quick glance at our live traffic coverage around the globe

For new users, simply check traffic conditions by visiting maps.google.com and clicking on the traffic layer in the widget on the upper right-hand side of the map. This useful traffic information is also available on Google Maps for Mobile devices and Google Maps Navigation.

Get traffic information on Google Maps for Android (Shown: Kuwait City, Kuwait)

And if the roads you’re traveling do not yet show traffic conditions, you can help! Simply opt in to using Google Navigation or Google Maps for Mobile while traveling to help your fellow drivers get improved traffic information.