Because of new COVID-19 traffic patterns (think more traffic on a Friday evening to get out of town instead of weekday morning backups), Google Maps has had to change its traffic models to use more accurate data that accounts for the pandemic.
Morning and afternoon traffic patterns on which Google has years of data are suddenly irrelevant with so many commuters now working from home.
Instead of relying on historical patterns over time to predict traffic and to build a route, Google is now using more recent patterns from the past two to four weeks.
Google Maps has been tracking all these differences in the 220 countries where the navigation app gives live traffic updates and traffic predictions.
This also means that Google Maps will take into account that a previously congested street in San Francisco is closed to car traffic for more socially distanced dining and seating.
Everything from the routes you take to traffic predictions on the maps app has to adapt to pandemic life. is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company.
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