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False Alarm, Google Street Traffic Data Was Just a Test

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Google complimented us in an e-mail today for catching their short test on street traffic for Google Maps. Unfortunately, that function isn't fully available yet, they tell us. "We're constantly testing new features to improve Google Maps - one feature we're currently working on is traffic conditions for arterial roads," the Google spokesperson wrote. "Unfortunately we don't have a launch date to share, but the positive response from having it live for just a short time yesterday was great to see, and we're working hard to make it available soon." However, they do encourage people to use the Typical Traffic feature that launched last year. You can plug in a day and time and see what the traffic is like based on past patterns. For example, you're going to LAX at 5 p.m. on Friday, what's a typical traffic pattern? Oh, it's hell.