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Graeme2812
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Google Traffic UK Reply with quote

Not entirely GPS related, but certainly related to TMC/Traffic information however.

Just wondered if anyone knew the source of Google Maps new traffic info, and if there was any reason why Scotland/Wales were not covered in the display?
I like how the also have there equivalent of Tom Tom's IQ routes where you can check for predicted conditions based on historical data for a selected time/day.

Could this information perhaps be sourced from Tom Tom HD in some way? Is this the type of detail we could expect from Tom Tom HD? Not reasuring if it is, as google's traffic doesn't cover Scotland and Wales.

Just wondered what peoples thoughts/comments were on it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, hadn't noticed that. I doubt it's TomTom HD Sourced though. I'd have expected some text stating the source of the data but can't find any nor any official information on the service.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes - Good spot.

Perhaps the info is derived from the Highways Agency site ? I seem to recall this only covere England (and Wales?). Can't check this at present - can't get onto their site!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course, has to be HA data.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philpugh wrote:

Perhaps the info is derived from the Highways Agency site ?


This is what I thought. I've also noticed it's on google maps mobile too, which is handy.

I'm a bit disappointed that they don't include Scotland in there coverage, as trafficscotland.org provide the same congestion data thats displayed on google as the HA do. I guess it may be to do with the use of their data.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Scotland and Wales seem to want independence, perhaps they should sort their own traffic problems out!!! Confused

PS. This is said in 100% jest. But bite if you want to Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I'm Welsh so I'll bite Laughing We do, see here Driving
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
OK I'm Welsh so I'll bite Laughing We do, see here Driving

Thanks Darren. I'm half Welsh, so yaki dah to you too from the Valleys:grin:
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an update, for anyone that's interested...

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=&q=Google+Maps+traffic+UK&btnG=Search+News

From a few stories I've read, it appears some agency's cough cough Scottish cough cough appear not to be sharing this info, unlike their southern partners, the HA.

Come on Transport Scotland, get the finger out! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't have motorists finding these things out you know Very Happy
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