Google is testing a new feature that will let drivers use the road less traveled (NSW) system to see if they can get through a traffic jam in a matter of seconds.
In theory, the feature will allow drivers to drive at a quicker speed in congested areas, while using less fuel and less energy to get there.
The feature is part of a broader rollout of safety features in Google Maps that aims to give drivers more situational awareness and more confidence in the road.
In an article for Google+, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the feature, called Road Less Traveled, will give drivers the ability to get through jams faster and to drive through traffic in areas where there are fewer people and traffic is heavier.
“I think it’s a great tool to help people understand where they can drive faster and reduce congestion in certain areas,” Picha told a crowd of engineers at the Code Conference.
The Road Less Tracked feature was first revealed during a Google Hangout in June.
Pichai told reporters that the new feature will roll out to other cities around the world in the coming months, including in India and China.
Google Maps has been testing the feature in New Delhi and Mumbai.
In China, where the nation’s roads are much less traveled, Google said that its new Road Less traveled feature will be rolled out in the next few months.
The company said that it has installed more than 1.5 million Road Less Trucks and has installed 1.6 million more vehicles in the country to help manage congestion.