Google has added one of the most popular features of its consumer Google Maps product to the Google Maps API. Predictive travel time is oft-used by consumers to find best routes, and avoid traffic. Now, developers have access to the feature and can integrate the functionality into third party apps.
Soon you will be able to query Google's vast database of local businesses. Today the company announced Nearby Places, a Google Maps widget and a web service, with its eye on providing data to users on the go.