Kuwait Google Maps – Live Traffic

I know I have been gone for a little while but it seems quite a few things were taking place while I was gone. One of them being the internet prices being slashed, which I think is pointless if 80% of the population can barely get 2MB thanks to the MOC. We need infrastructure before they can really go after prices, and the original price fixers are the MOC, but thats a whole different subject for a later stage.

My one major surprise was Google Maps, I pretty much lived on Google Maps on a daily basis figuring out how to get to where in the most efficient way or to find the scenic route. In Kuwait we use it often but not with all the features, but it seems that they brought one of the best features to the maps, which is the traffic layer, even though I honestly question the accuracy of it or even how they are doing it, I am impressed. Lets hope more of Google’s Features become available locally.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

9 Comments

  1. xmido

    Kuwait is a small country. It should be easy to cover it with fiber optics if enough people feel like it.

  2. That’s a cool feature unfortunately don’t see how it can work without an Android phone apparently that’s what it requires to work right?

  3. just avoid the highways

    you don’t need traffic report :)

  4. @xmido – Yes it should be, but there are so much politics, the fiber optic plan has been in place since 2004, its almost 10 years and still nothing!

    @Jacqui – With iOS6 I don’t think you can use it, I just hope that a Google Maps App with full features is in the work!

  5. I noticed it a couple of weeks ago. Still wondering where they get the data from…

  6. You can check out the maps and the live traffic feed from your desktop browser too.,

    Check out https://maps.google.com.kw/

    Google Maps uses a few sources for traffic data:

    Local highway authorities (road sensors), car, and taxi fleets

    Crowd-sourced, anonymized traffic data from people using Google maps apps on certain smartphones, including Android and Palm webOS devices, but excluding the iPhone. This is set to “opt in” by default, and the app must actually be open with GPS / location enabled for them to be able to relay location data back to Google. Also, this data is inherently less reliable than the sensor-based data that Google uses for highway traffic, so highway traffic data is generally more reliable than traffic data available for local streets (since that traffic output is derived based solely on mobile data). Presumably this gap will shrink over-time as adoption of Google’s mapping services (and smartphones in general) increases.

    Google uses several different sources. AirSage which tracks 150 million Sprint & Verizon cell phone traces, Their own Android phones. Inrix which has many sources of their own (millions) and either Clear Channel or Westwood One for accident reports. The recent inclusion of Inrix calls into doubt the Google algorithms which make sense of all the data.

    Found the above from google :)

  7. @BuYousef – Thats what I was wondering that too and how accurate it was!

    @cooldude – I use it specifically from my desktop before heading out! But very cool info, thanks for putting it up! Now i’m wondering how many people have Androids in Kuwait!

  8. Papasam

    Google maps also works on blackberry phones

  9. @Papasam – Now that I didn’t know! I don’t think anyone is downloading Apps on Blackberry anymore!

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