Okay Google, Do I stay or do I go now!

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Google Maps is amazing! Its THE thing that I love among all the things Google has built over the years. They keep pushing the boundaries on what one can do with Location information. Of course, they are privacy concerns but one has to also acknowledge that it is kinda cool when your smartphone can predict your destination (Read: Google Maps will predict your destination) or do something more fundamental like activity recognition.

Okay Google, Do I stay or do I go now! 

It’s almost 5 p.m. Wednesday—time for that daily game of traffic roulette. The likelihood of stop and go traffic looms in front of you, yet at the same time the latest episode of Downton Abbey and the comfort of your couch are calling.

Well, Google Maps has good news for you. Now with just one tap on Android, you can find out whether you should hit the road or put in some gym time while you wait out the gridlock. Get information like ETAs, traffic updates, nearby gas prices and quickest routes to familiar places–like home, work and recently searched destinations–all without entering a destination. – Brian Ferris, Google LatLong Blog

Google Maps: Do I go now or Should I wait? Image Copyright: Google LatLong Blog

With “Driving Mode” Google Maps has really made an effort to simplify our lives by bundling together a bunch of tasks that one invariably does every single day, especially if you drive everywhere. It would be really interesting if these features are also extended to people who prefer to use public transportation.

 

Source: Google LatLong Blog

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.