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Where is the US traffic data for iOS maps?

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illiniguy73 Calculating status...
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Sep 19, 2012 9:25 PM

I updated my ipad2 and iphone4 to iOS6. Without complaining about the shortcomings of Apple Maps, I realize traffic data was lost for many countries but I would not expect the US to be on this list. Is there no longer traffic data for Portland, OR? I've tried toggling the show/hide traffic on both devices numerous times but I have yet to see any traffic data. Please Google release a maps program for iOS6.

Thanks for any info.

iPhone 4, iOS 6
  • Endymion42 Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2012 10:24 PM (in response to illiniguy73)

    Look carefully at the map.  For areas with congestion you will see a thin red line or dotted line.  Not very visible and it took me a while to notice it.

  • chrismcshane Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2012 5:00 AM (in response to illiniguy73)

    I've noticed the thin lines, too, but they're a lot harder to read than the old Maps traffic data was. The green-yellow-red system really worked well, and this seems like a step in the wrong direction to me.

  • kenb12 Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2012 6:42 PM (in response to illiniguy73)

    I don't have any traffic data anywhere for Louisiana either.  No dashed lines or colors etc....

  • jon_slider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 24, 2012 11:15 AM (in response to illiniguy73)

    Im on an iPhone 5 with ATT.


    I agree, ios6 maps traffic is non functional

    Im having the same lack of traffic display with Navigon version 1.8.2 (I dont want to update to the garmin version of Navigon, if I can avoid it.)


    My solution is to use the free Mapquest App. It does show traffic, and it does give spoken turn by turn directions.

  • That\'sJustIt Calculating status...
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    Oct 1, 2012 9:56 AM (in response to illiniguy73)

    On my iPhone, just upgraded, I found that it requires turning on Location Services.  I didn't have to do that for Google Maps and I don't want to do it in general.

  • jon_slider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2012 10:15 AM (in response to That\'sJustIt)

    Location Services is required for the phone to know where you are. Google maps does not know where you are unless you tell it, and it does not update your current location as you go. Apple maps, Mapquest, and Navigon, all update your actual location as you move, even if you make a wrong turn, it updates the route from your new location.


    Yes, I agree the little red dashed traffic lines are useless on Apple maps. We need the green red yellow traffic indicators back.


    Like on the Mapquest App, which is what I use instead, to check traffic..


    I did update Navigon, and traffic now works.

  • BigBopper Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Oct 1, 2012 10:19 AM (in response to illiniguy73)

    In addition, the traffic overlay adds construction zones and road closures. But it seems that the ddirections function routes right through road closures. Since it know that the road is closed, it should route around that.

  • That\'sJustIt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to illiniguy73)

    With Google Maps, I had a choice.  If I turned on Location Services in Settings, I could see my current location and it moved with me.  If I turned it off, I still had maps that would show traffic - perfect for my daily commute.

    Apple Maps require Location Services to be on just to have the map show traffic.  To me, that's another example of over-collecting information.

    Before demoting the icon to a back page, I took another look at the new maps this morning, just to make sure I had given them a fair chance.  I found that the streets I need to see, the small suburban streets that are handy work-arounds during high-traffic times, have very low contrast with the map background.  They're hard to see.

    In the end, the new maps are not as good as what they replaced, regardless of who makes them.

  • Romplestiliskin Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to That\'sJustIt)

    Google maps has the best traffic data. followed by Beat the Traffic, and lastly, very very lastly Waze. Mapquest uses Navteq/Nokia traffic data which may or may not be updated or current in your area. 

  • jon_slider Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 12:29 PM (in response to Romplestiliskin)

    Thank you for the info. I had not tried Beat the Traffic.


    Beat the Traffic shows all kinds of yellow lines, where Google maps, and Mapquest do not. Also Beat the Traffic keeps recentering the map on my location, forceing me to zoom out over and over again. I will NOT be using Beat the Traffic, because it auto zooms, and because of the ADVERTISEMENTS.


    Apple maps displays ZERO of the traffic that shows on the other apps. Apple maps is totally useless for traffic.. even when it does display some, the little red dashes are impossible to see. I dont use Apple Maps.


    I do use Mapquest to preview traffic, and I like the Mapquest traffic display better than Google Maps.


    I also have WAZE. I do not use it. It is cluttered with useless info, the traffic display is not as good as Mapquest. The one thing WAZE has that is slightly interesting, is the ability to send someone a link to watch your route. But the link dies, if you dont keep Waze in the foreground, which I do not.


    So my rating from best to worst, for traffic info is





    Apple maps


    I rely, heavily, on Navigon. What Navigon does, that none of the other apps do, is display the speed limit. Navigon also displays your current speed, which I find very useful as my cars have different sized tires than stock, so their speedos are innacurate. Navigon will also avoid traffic automatically.


    If I pick only my 2 most used, they are Navigon first, Mapquest second.


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