作为大洛杉矶居民,我们总是对它又爱又恨。爱它的阳光明媚和自由开放,爱它的美食佳肴和魅惑夜晚;而恨则基本全部集中在同一个地方:糟心的交通!

是的,堵车无所不在,特别是当你兴致勃勃想要去尝试一家新餐厅,但堵在路上就花了两个小时,再加上焦头烂额找停车位和排队等餐的时间。别说吃东西,此刻的你只想要毁灭这个世界!

如果说有一双先知的眼睛,能够提前知道目的地是否人满为患,路上的交通情况是否奇葩,也许我们的生活会因此轻松很多。幸运的是,这双眼睛原来并不是不存在,而且现在已经在你的手机里了:那就是谷歌地图!

We wouldn’t trade living in Los Angeles for anything in the world. OK, fine. Maybe we’d trade it for empty freeways where you can actually approach the speed limit. Or maybe even just a parking spot at Whole Foods? Yeah, we spend wayyy too much time contemplating whether the time in bumper-to-bumper traffic is worth what could possibly be a two-hour line around the block at Sqirl. (The jam is just so good.)

But what if you had a crystal ball that could tell you what the wait at those ever-crowded spots were? Well, you’re in luck because you do…and you’ve already been using it: Google Maps.

 

最近,谷歌更新了IOS上的地图系统,现在你可以明确地知道地图上任何一个地方的实时情况,像是一家餐厅,你不仅可以知道人流情况的大数据,还能清楚地了解到目前真实的拥挤状况。

With Google’s most recent iOS update, you can see how crowded a place is in real time—kinda like Waze, except that it tells you what’s happening inside your most-dreaded favorite places.

 

使用方法:在手机上打开谷歌地图,找到你的目的地,然后下拉到底,你会看到一个“Popular Times”的条形图,上面清楚显示了一周七天每个小时这家餐厅的人流情况,根据数据你可以自行安排错峰时间。想要了解实时动态,只要点击旁边粉红色的LIVE按钮就可一目了然。

好了,有了这个全新功能,终于可以轻松地决定开上可怕的Freeway是不是值得了。(撒花)

Here’s how it works: Open Google Maps on your desktop or phone, type in your destination, then just scroll down to the “Popular Times” bar graph, which shows you not only your destination’s regular most crowded times, but also its current state of business. (Just look for the little pink bar marked “Live.”)

There, now you know if it’s worth your time to get on the freeway or not. You’re welcome.