Microsoft updates Bing Maps to add new traffic camera option

Microsoft updates Bing Maps to add new traffic camera option

According to an announcement made by Microsoft via the Bing blog, the company has rolled out an update to its Bing Maps mapping solution. The update brings new transit features to Bing Maps, and introduces a new traffic camera option.

The new traffic camera feature which Microsoft has added to Bing Maps gives users the ability to view video feeds from one of thousands of traffic cameras located across the world. Moreover, the feature also enables Bing Maps users to monitor multiple traffic-camera feeds at once.

As a result of the update, Bing Maps now boasts the addition of more than 35,000 traffic camera video feeds from 11 countries.

Users of Bing Maps can access the new traffic camera option under the ‘Traffic’ layer; with the cameras having been depicted as small camcorder icons on mapped roadways. When users click on of the cameras, the video feed from traffic cameras installed at supported locations gets pulled up in a window over the map.

The key objective behind Microsoft’s addition of the new traffic camera option to Bing Maps is apparently to give travelers a snapshot of the traffic conditions they can expect in a particular region. The idea is that seeing the actual current conditions in a region is much more useful for travelers as compared to weather and traffic reports.

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