by Chris Guld, www.GeeksOnTour.com:Â We were recently at a State Park in Georgia (Fort McAllister â€“ a wonderful park) when a fellow traveler advised us that we might want to avoid I-95 on our way south.Â â€œThere is a lot of construction on I-95 between here and Floridaâ€, he said.
We heeded his warning, but also have our own reluctance to travel on two lane roads with a lot of stop and go.Â So, we decided to check the map on our Droid app phone.Â It has a layer you can turn on for Traffic information.Â Hereâ€™s what we saw:
You can click on the picture for a larger image.Â The fat green line going vertical is I-95.Â If traffic was moving slowly it would be colored yellow or even red.Â This is real time traffic data.
We decided to take I-95 after all.Â Yes, there was definitely construction going on, but it did not slow down traffic
The Droid continues to delight and amaze us.Â If you have a Motorola Droid from Verizon, you can see this traffic feature by touching the â€˜Mapâ€™ app icon (it comes with your phone, itâ€™s Google Maps â€“ all free.)Â Once the map is displayed, then touch the menu button on the Droid -Â Â
and youâ€™ll see an option for â€˜Layers.â€™Â Traffic is one of the layers you can turn on.Â Touch it, and youâ€™ll see the green checkmark â€“ and youâ€™ll be back at the map with the traffic data showing up.
If you donâ€™t have the Droid, do you use any other traffic data tool?