Google Maps Live Traffic Changes Based on Zoom Level?

Aug 27, 2009 • 8:45 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google Maps Traffic in UKOver the past few months, there have been random complaints from Google Maps users about the live traffic data. In short, people are saying that when they zoom into see more detail on the red colored traffic indicators, the color changes to another color.

A Google Maps Help has posts from three different Google Maps users over the course of three months. Clearly, this cannot be a wide spread issue, because of the very few posts. So either this is a user generated error, where the user is zooming into the wrong location or the traffic data has actually changed on the zoom refresh -- or Google has some sort of bug.

Have you ever noticed this as an issue? I tried to replicate this issue, but failed.

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

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diarmuid ryan

08/30/2009 07:14 pm

i have noticed it to be consistent on any zoom level

perla bejarano

03/11/2010 02:22 am

i have noticed to be consistent on any zoom level


01/06/2011 10:31 pm

Yeah it happens to me too! From zoomed-out I see a patch of black-and-red (very slow!) traffic within a longer region of red (slow), but when I zoom in, the black-and-red disappears, turning all read, and the red patch is LONGER under zoom than it is zoomed out! What gives? Pretty weird.

Chuck Fossen

03/24/2011 01:33 pm

It just happened to me. Green zoomed out, but when I zoom in to the next level it's red. I zoom in again and it's green again.

Mr Gnu

06/19/2014 10:52 am

I suffered from this on my Mac - until I discovered that if I "empty cache" under 'Safari' top menu, it fixes the problem. Cheers

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