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In addition to the default map you see when you first open the Maps application, there are a couple of other types of maps, views, and enhancements available. I'm going to tap on the screen to reveal the buttons, and I'm going to tap the blue info button in the lower right-hand corner. And that reveals some more views, like satellite, which gives you satellite imagery of your locations. Now, besides being fun to look at, the satellite view can give you a better idea of the layout of your locations in terms of the arrangement of the buildings and the landscape. But in this view, you don't see any street names. You can tap the info button again to select Hybrid, which gives you the satellite view with street and highways laid on top of it.
And it can be fun to just keep double tapping the satellite or hybrid maps, just to see how much detail is found in this satellite photographs for a particular area. Depending on where you're looking, you'll find some incredibly clear photos, and some pretty grainy and blurry photos, where Apple hasn't yet updated the imagery. You can pinch in or two-finger tap to zoom back out again. Now a particularly helpful view of Maps is the traffic overlay. To make this a little easier to see, I'm going to switch back to the standard map. And then I'm going to tap show traffic, and what we are seeing now is real time traffic information. Now this only works for roads and major highways, mostly around major cities.
But if traffic information is available for the area you're viewing you'll see red dotted lines representing traffic. The darker the red, the heavier the traffic. So a dark heavy dash line means traffic is very slow, under about 25 miles per hour probably with lots of starting and stopping. A lighter, dotted line indicates that there is traffic but a little bit lighter, somewhere between 25 to 50 miles per hour. And no line means the traffic is moving smoothly at least 50 miles per hour or so, either that or there's no traffic info available for that road. But if you see a red dotted line, the point where it ends is where traffic should be moving again.
And on major highways, you get two sets of lines showing how traffic is in both directions. So you can see here that the Northbound 101 is doing a little better than the southbound, which has a dark red line. Now in addition to the dotted lines, you may even see alert icons. Let me see if I can find some here. There's a couple here. You can see there's a ramp closed there and there as well. Lots of ramps closed in California today. Now there are other types of alerts and I don't think I can find any right now, which can also indicate reported accidents. And those look like little car icons. But again, real time traffic isn't available everywhere, but if it is available where you are it can be really helpful when you're about to hit the road and want to see what the traffic on certain roads is looking like.
If you see a lot of red along your planned course, you might want to consider travelling a different way. Also, you'll probably want to hide the traffic information when you don't need it because the dotted lines can end up obscuring highway names sometimes, so just tap the Info button again, and choose Hide Traffic to turn off the traffic overlay.
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