Apple brings Maps traffic data to four smaller European countries

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Apple has silently added traffic data for Maps users in four more European nations, namely the microstates of Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Liechtenstein.

Like Google Maps, Apple Maps uses color-coded lines to indicate the severity of congestion. When navigating on an iPhone, real-time traffic data makes it easier to choose alternate routes to avoid jams.

Apple offers traffic data in over 30 countries, primarily spread across Asia, Europe, and North and South America. It's actually one of the more common Maps features, since options like Nearby are limited to a relative handful of countries, and some others — particularly public transit directions — are identified mostly by which cities carry them, not countries.

Earlier this week Apple added Sao Paulo, Brazil to the list of cities with transit support.

The company still has plenty of ground to cover with traffic alone, since the only African country with coverage is South Africa, and data is completely absent in the Middle East.