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Google has finally decided to open its Maps API to allow the use of its live traffic service in third-party mapping apps and services.

The feature uses live and historic traffic data to provide Google Maps users with updated travel times on popular travel routes and from today will be available for developers and businesses to include in their own mapping applications and services.

Earlier in the week, Google announced that 800,000 Web sites and apps were actively using its Google Maps API. The search giant has launched, which showcases how developers are leveraging the features of its service.

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