Once again, Google delivers a new feature for its Android Maps Navigation app that gives the mobile mogul an edge over other navigation solutions.
Today Google Maps Navigation for Android acquires some real-time traffic smarts in its navigation feature, a boon to any rush-hour driver who would too often second-guess Google's route as the most efficient for current conditions (I speak from experience here.)
Now, Google claims, it's finally taking road congestion into account, using both real-time and historical traffic patterns for the time of day. The new feature is automatic. A real-time traffic layer has been available in Maps for some time, but this move integrates it into Google's verbal and text-based turn-by-turn directions with Navigation, which Google treats as a separate app.
The real-time traffic data will begin rolling out in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, where available.
Since the functionality will be inserted into the existing map, I'm guessing it may take time to notice an appreciable difference. I'll be testing this myself around Arizona this week and in the San
Francisco Bay Area after that. If you've got any commuting insights of your own in the meantime, lay 'em on me.
Article updated with more details at 12:44 p.m. PT.