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Yahoo Launches Live Traffic Reports on Maps

     
5:12 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[maps.yahoo.com...]

Yahoo is offering an online service that lets users view live U.S. local traffic conditions on custom-created maps, making it the first site to do so nationally, the company said late Wednesday.

In a milestone for Internet-based traffic services, Yahoo has beefed up its existing mapping services to allow customers to plot a route from one local destination to another, and overlay traffic data such as road speeds and potential delays.

This is a pretty neat feature, now you can find a local merchant, figure out how to get there, and figure out the best route depending on traffic.

5:34 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That is a pretty sweet feature...I wonder if the smaller cities will catch on and use it. About half of the cities in the list I clicked on were currently being updated.

Nice job Yahoo.

5:35 pm on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That's innovative.

Additionally, MyYahoo is getting more useful and relevant every month. You can check up on movies, weather, news, blogs and all kinds of cool stuff. I literally scan from the top of the page and work my way down reading all kinds of useful stuff interesting to me.

Live Traffic Reports may help them solidify a relationship with their user base that Google can't currently match. It may not be enough to present useful information. Yahoo has a way of integrating their information into the flow of a users daily life, which makes Yahoo itself useful.

Good job.