Last week Google updated Google Maps app with a new feature. Now the app will notify you with spoken alerts whenever a traffic problem or a delay occurs along your route. Additionally, users will get traffic info summarizing traffic conditions before they start their journey.
— Google Maps (@googlemaps) November 5, 2015
Voice alerts have been available on the Android since May, but now the feature is rolling out to iOS users. Spoken traffic information is one of functionalities that have been taken directly from Waze – Israeli traffic app which has been acquired by Google for $1.1 billion in 2013. In fact Google has been using Waze’s traffic data for couple of years already. Crowd-sourced data from user reports was a missing puzzle in Google’s real-time traffic portfolio and it brings big a significant value to Google Maps users. Google seems to be aware of it as it recently released a major update and a redesign of Waze app.