Google maps Launches australian up-to-date traffic flow

The creators of Google Maps have taken the technology further down the information superhighway to launch a feature that allows Australian commuters to view up-to-date traffic flow information.

Traffic information about motorways, as well as major and minor arterial routes, are displayed in the feature.

Colours overlaid on the Google Maps roads correspond to the speed of traffic, with green meaning "free sailing", yellow "medium congestion", red "heavy congestion" and black refers to "a parking lot".

Smooth sailing ... the heart of Sydney as it looked this morning on Google Maps Traffic.

The feature, which is displayed in the Google Maps format, is available in the capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Geelong, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Also available on mobile phones, passengers can check it out while commuting to suggest real time route changes based on the data.

Google product manager Andrew Foster says the information will be updated every few minutes.

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