Google Maps Now Advises iOS Users When Faster Routes Become Available

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Google Maps’ latest update for iOS adds a new “Faster Route” feature, which notifies users in navigation mode when a quicker journey to their destination becomes available.

The new feature works in conjunction with Google Maps’ existing ability to track traffic data in real time. Once alerted that there is a possible faster route, users have the option of either tapping “No thanks” and remaining on their present course, or else hitting “Reroute” and diverting their journey to one that Google predicts will be faster.

“Faster Route” is a popular feature in Waze, the crowd-sourced traffic app from the company Google acquired in 2013 for a reported $1.3 billion.

This update was initially added to the Android version of Google Maps last month — meaning that the iOS version is now up-to-date.

The latest Google Maps update also features several unspecified bug fixes.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Apple Revolution, published by Random House, and is currently writing a book about algorithms for Random House/Penguin to be published in 2014. He also covers the digital humanities for Fast Company. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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