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Google Maps on iOS will now give spoken traffic alerts as you drive

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Google today has rolled out an update its Maps application on iOS, bringing with it a pair of new features. The update bumps the app to version 4.12.0 and includes support for adding missing businesses to the app’s database and spoken traffic alerts.

The latter of the two is the far more interesting addition of this update. Spoken traffic alerts mean that Google Maps will now alert you about upcoming traffic congestion and traffic incidents as you use the Navigation feature of the app. It does so via voice so you aren’t distracted while you drive. Traffic descriptions provide the same information, but in both text and verbal forms before you start to move.

Google Maps version 4.12.0 is available via the App Store now for free. The full changelog can be seen below:

What’s New in Version 4.12.0

  • Easily add new and missing businesses from the sidebar
Spoken traffic alerts in Navigation tell you about congestion and incidents on your route and traffic descriptions give you summary of traffic before you drive
  • Bug fixes

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  1. bpmajesty - 7 years ago

    I never thought I’d say this in the maps arena – especially regarding Google maps – but, uhhhh…. Apple Maps had this first! Lol!

  2. PhilBoogie - 7 years ago

    Are the release notes supported languages referring to the app, or the new voice traffic alerts?

    Category: Navigation
    Updated: Nov 04, 2015
    Version: 4.12.0
    Size: 36.1 MB
    Apple Watch: Yes
    Languages: English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
    Seller: Google, Inc.


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