Find best time to leave.
Traffic, Traffic, Traffic! Are you facing problems with traffic? Worried about when to leave, to escape from traffic? Checking Google maps frequently to keep an eye on the traffic trend? Or should I just ask, are you living in Bangalore? Haha :wink:! Then this is for you :) Tafy - A simple chrome extension which can help you find best time to leave for your destination. Background: Recently I moved to Bangalore for my summer internship at Goibibo, where I witnessed the world famous traffic and people investing an hour on a daily basis by refreshing maps to find out best time to leave for their destination hence decided to develop this simple solution which won’t fix the traffic condition but help you cope with it smarter way :D Let’s understand it with a real life example: You are at your work and it is around ~7:30 PM. Fortunately this time you have completed all your work before time, your product delivery is out with no incident reported and your boss is extremely happy with it. Now it’s already time to go home, but as soon as you check the map, damn! it is hell lot of traffic. OMG! It is too much traffic and rain is pouring, let’s wait and check again in another 5 mins. At least for the next half an hour your primary job has shifted to checking the maps over and over again. You know what, you could have had played TT in that time :D How? Let’s take Tafy’s help. Just turn it on, set the time duration which works for you, Tafy will automatically notify you the best time to start. Till then, you can carry on your work (Oh yes! you can play too :p), without needing to hit maps repeatedly. Tafy is very light weight, it takes negligible RAM compared to map site/app which means, it just cozily sits there in your browser’s top right corner without hampering any performance of your PC. This was the brief overview of what I have built last week in the same category as of Wimator Features of Tafy Easy to setup Download Tafy from chrome webstore. Open Google maps Set your source and destination. Click on directions. See the magic. Now you can close the maps tab. Tafy is ready to do it’s job. It will automatically update the travel time on it’s badge. Fully customizable Get notified when travel time drops to your required time Set the time duration in which you are ready to travel. Set your own custom text to be voiced in the notification Yes! you heard it right :). Tafy will alert you with your own personalised message, when the time dips to your desired time. Add as many routes you want Just search for directions on Google maps and Tafy will automatically start tracking for your. In future you can easily select another destination without opening Google maps. Get travel time via all possible routes Tap on Tafy icon in the extensions section on chrome and all the routes with distance and directions will be listed under the section of Travel Route. Easy on/off buttons Are you on a vacations? Simply toggle the switch. Set your travel mode You can select your travel mode (driving, walking, cycling or transit). Tafy will fetch travel time according to it. Changing travel mode is too simple, just tap on respective radio buttons. Adjustable Refresh rate It is the time interval in which travel time is updated from the server. If, in case, it’s not urgent to leave, you can increase the refresh rate to reduce the load on server :sweat_smile:. Sounds useful? Try it out. Happy to hear your feedback. Thanks to @dhananjayjs for that awestricking moment which helped me sketching the idea of Tafy, Thanks @RGengage for feature ideas, Thanks @TechGirlPooja for helping the release land here :thumbsup: Made with :heart: in India © 2018 jainkuniya
- (2019-07-23) Sahil Anguralla: 3 stars for this nice idea. But I was unable to use the extension. I think your free quota might have exceeded. It would be better if you give option to user to add their own google maps API key for their own use. Since, google offers $200 as free maps credit per month. This would run fine for all Bangalore techies. P.S.: You can add a tutorial of how to generate and add your own Google Maps API key for non-techies.
- (2018-06-21) Abinash Patra: Very nice. Promises to be a time saver on your dire days