Google's navigation service, Google Maps, announced on Thursday that its traffic alerts feature is now live in India. Users who have Google Maps installed on their phones can now get a spoken alert for traffic conditions to help them pick the best route to their destination, a company statement said.

Google India wrote in a blog post, "While you’re on the road, Google Maps will give you a heads up if congestion lies ahead, and how long you’ll be stuck in a jam. You’ll also get the option to take alternate routes, including explanations for why one is recommended – whether it’s the fastest or just avoids traffic."

To enable these alerts, users will have to use Google Maps in the "navigation mode" while traveling, the blog post added.