Google’s new real-time re-routing technology saved 2 years per day for tavelers.
At SXSW event yesterday, Google’s VP of Location and Local Services Marissa Mayer took stage to share some insightful (well…) stats on Google Maps and mobile users. Some of them are (thanks, BGR!):
- 40% of all Google Maps traffic comes from mobile devices
- Usage on Christmas and New Years on mobile surpassed desktop usage for the first time (many people getting lost while travelling, maybe?)
- 150 million mobile users current use Google Maps
- Google’s recent addition to its nav app, the real-time re-routing sensor that watches out for traffic and other fixed and variable variations of human and mother nature has saved users 2 years per day in time that would have been spent in traffic.
- Mayer said that Google Maps could get contextually aware in the future. For example, the app could track your flight schedule and match it up current days data to judge when you should leave based on traffic and other variables.
- Google wants to share some love to iPhone as well but are still mulling over it. “We like being the default provider, but we’d like to get some of these updates out to a broader audience. That’s still a debate/question we’re considering.”
I still don’t think it will work in Sharjah.