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Google Collaborates with Indian Traffic Authorities to Improve Mobility

Google partners with Indian traffic authorities to improve traffic management. New 'speed limit' feature introduced on Google Maps displays real-time speed limit information.

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Google Collaborates with Indian Traffic Authorities to Improve Mobility

The bustling cities of India are grappling with significant mobility challenges that have been compounded by frequent disruptions. To address these issues, Google has entered into a strategic partnership with traffic authorities across nine metropolitan areas, including Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Delhi. This collaboration involves Google receiving reliable traffic data from these local authorities to display on its Maps platform, with the goal of informing users about ongoing traffic disruptions in real time.

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Google's Geospatial Technology at Work

Google uses geospatial technology to calculate speed data from GPS, determining how fast traffic is flowing relative to the speed limit of the road. This technology takes into account various factors such as junctions and tunnel exits. The application of this technology is even more valuable in tunnels, where the lack of visibility and complex navigation can lead to disruptions and accidents.

Speed Limit Feature: A Step Forward in Traffic Management

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Adding another feather to its cap, Google has introduced the 'speed limit' feature in India. This feature displays the speed limit information on major roads in real-time on the Google Maps screen during navigation. So far, this feature has been implemented in Bangalore and Chandigarh. This initiative is expected to help drivers maintain optimal speeds, thereby improving overall traffic flow and reducing the likelihood of accidents due to speeding.

Implications for India's Traffic Flow Management

As an emerging economy with high-density metropolitan areas, India stands to benefit greatly from Google's use of geospatial technology. By providing up-to-date information to drivers and commuters, Google can potentially improve traffic flow management and reduce transit times. In the long run, this could lead to more efficient mobility, improved road safety, and a significant reduction in traffic-related stress for millions of Indian commuters.

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