Google launched a new Traffic tab on Google Maps in Lagos to facilitate users’ movement in Nigeria’s commercial capital famous for traffic gridlocks.
Recall that that this service was first announced in July at Google for Nigeria held in Lekki, Lagos.
The new Traffic tab’s features offer users in Lagos snapshots of the information which is of most concern, ranging from traffic; weather, bus stop busyness, as well as current and anticipated transportation fare prices for “Danfo” buses.
The Traffic tab provides bus drivers with instant information to assist them find their easiest routes in travel times and transport costs respectively.
Previously, Google Maps users only had access to information for other forms of transportation including cars, 2-wheelers, BRT and ride signalling.
The Maps had direction experience, which featured suggested routes which may combine walking, taking a “Keke” local parlance for a tricycle or “Okada” local parlance for motocycles, “Danfo” or “BRT”.
However, information about the projected fare range, expected travel time and pictures of the stops along the route are available to aid travellers on their trips around Lagos.
How To Use The Map
By clicking on the pictures on the Google traffic tab map; it allows users to get a 360-degree view on street view to help them better understand their location.
Jeff Albertson, Senior Product Manager of Google maps, who spoke at the launch, said: “What we have built for Lagos is a global first for Google Maps and a step towards helping people in many other cities where transport can be informally organized as it is in Nigeria.
“We co-designed this product with people in Lagos. It was an engaging process to start from scratch, bring diverse teams of Googlers to Lagos, interview Lagosians and Local Guides, understand local needs, and then design something that weaves together all the many ways that people here move around”.
Albertson further disclosed that “Nigeria is important to us. Beyond providing tools to help Nigerians use Maps, we also want to continue to bring more of Nigeria to the map. It’s a journey that we are happy to be on.”
Meanwhile, Google recently rolled out more panoramic imagery on Street View, to help make it more accessible to visually explore places in Nigeria, including imagery of Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan with almost 12 thousand kilometres of roads added to the features.