Traffic data comes to UK and Italy in continued Bing Maps update

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It was a few weeks ago when Nokia and Microsoft announced that Bing Maps would be getting a bit of a backend overhaul. Specifically in two areas: new color codes for traffic and more detail on back roads.

Perhaps even more importantly, some countries which previously didn't have access to mapping data would be getting the feature in a timed rollout. All in all, 24 countries were being added to the list including Italy and the UK.

We can at least verify that those latter two now have traffic as an option on their devices. Users can simply launch Maps and tap the three-dots on the lower menu. There, the "enable traffic" option should now be available.

It's great to see such a feature comes to other regions as it's something many of us have taken for granted since Windows Phone 7 came out in 2010. If you've noticed traffic added to any of these other countries, sound off in comments: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or UAE.

via: Plaffo; Thanks Andrew, James, for UK info


Reader comments

Traffic data comes to UK and Italy in continued Bing Maps update


It's up on my UK Lumia 900. Very odd to see Microsoft putting so much effort in Bing Maps only for them to be ditched in favour or Nokia Maps.

What I understood from the summit is that Bing Maps are out and replaced by Nokia Maps and Drive. Can someone else confirm this?

They're not out, they're just bringing in all the Nokia local data that Bing doesn't have, like this traffic stuff for the UK and mainland Europe etc.     All the imaging and data Bing maps already had in the US and so on is still being used, just think of it as a Bing Maps update using Nokia data instead of their own.

Im happy to be able to use Nokia Maps on my Lumia800 instead of Bing Maps here in Austria. Not only that there is no traffic data, but the search is horribly disfunctional. I can enter a street name which is not to be found in search, while i can find it on the map just perfectly. Nokia Maps finds every street at least.

"Show Traffic" has been available in Spain for some months now, but traffic data is still limited to major roads.

I got my Lumia 900 in May and could've sworn I received traffic data for London!! Definitely receive them now.

Traffic data showed up on bing Bing maps in Sweden some weeks ago, both on the phone and on the web site.

Yes you can, just click on Bing, bottom right of your phone, type In address and choose get directions, it will list route and count em down as you approach them.

Works and is accurate, my drive to work is often congested and it shows yellow the orange in the usual places. Super feature.
Thanks microsoft

I noticed it a couple of weeks ago here in Belgium. Still waiting on voice navigation though, even with all my regional settings set to US English. And some POI's for local scout wouldn't go amiss either.