Android users, there’s a couple of nifty quick tricks you can use with the Google Now app to help with your commute.
If you allow your phone to track your location, it actually learns your commute. No need to open up a traffic app like Waze.
Just tap the Google Now Widget.
You’ll probably see weather and news information. Scroll down. You may need to tap More. You’ll see that Google shows a map with my daily commute between WorldStart and home and lets me know what the traffic is like for the trip home. I have the option to choose a place as Home, so I can always check the drive home from wherever I am. Great news! Light traffic today.
There’s also an option to share my commute with others. This could let a spouse track when you’re expected home or let a child waiting to be picked up know how soon you’ll arrive. All without any dangerous texting or calling while driving. Here’s how to activate that feature in your Google app. Select Settings.
Then choose Accounts & privacy.
Choose Commute Sharing. Turn it on and then pick the person or people you want to share with.
You will need a Google + account to use this feature as will the people you’re sharing your commute with. The people you shared this information with will be notified if you’re still at work, when you leave work and when you arrive home.
This is also a great feature that parents of young drivers can use to track their progress between home and school.