By Tom GoyderPublished August 19, 2017 12:10:32We use traffic warnings to alert drivers of dangerous conditions, such as a dangerous intersection, or a roadblock that might cause a crash.
But sometimes the warnings don’t work as planned, and we’re left with a message telling us our car is stuck or stuck in the middle of nowhere.
And when the warning is wrong, we have no way to know for sure until it happens again.
That’s where Google is stepping in.
Its new traffic warning app lets you easily set up alerts to send traffic warnings when you’re about to hit a particular speed limit, or when there’s a new set of traffic rules coming into effect, and it’ll even warn you when a truck is blocking the way.
The new app is so clever, in fact, that it can tell us the exact location of an incoming car on the road ahead, or even tell us how far away the driver is.
The app even sends us alerts that can be customized to include the driver’s name and address, and the name of the vehicle being driven by the person behind it.
(It doesn’t need to be the same person behind the car, of course.)
The app’s also so smart, in that it has a “signal strength indicator” that tells you how much traffic you’ve already seen, as well as how much time has passed between your last warning and your current traffic signal.
It’s like an alarm clock that shows you when your warning has been turned off, or it tells you when it’s time to turn back on.
The Google app is now available in Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Google says it’s launching in Canada first, but we’ll update this post if it does in the future.