Google Maps has been revamped for Android powered phones, offering users recommended routes to help them circumvent heavy traffic.
The voice-guided, route-finding app previously helped drivers find their way to their destination, but did not take traffic levels into consideration.
The move gives the search giant’s mapping solution a real advantage over the likes of Nokia Maps and Bing Maps, albeit probably only for the short term.
Roy Williams, a Google Maps software engineer, stated: “Before today, Navigation would choose whichever route was fastest, without taking current traffic conditions into account. It would also generate additional alternate directions, such as the shortest route or one that uses highways instead of side roads."
He added: “Starting today, our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates."
“That means that Navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions."
Google has yet to confirm whether the new feature is on its way to rival platforms.