Yahoo Inc. plans to combine traffic information into its online maps and driving directions, having added information about accidents and road conditions into its online maps for 70 metropolitan areas. It also is providing real-time data about the average driving speed of traffic.

"Traffic is an exciting area because it's so much a part of people's lives. Like it or not, the majority of Americans get in their cars and want to know what routes to take or what the traffic conditions are." - Paul Levine, general manager of local services at Yahoo.

Yahoo gets the data by pulling information from public and private agencies using such instruments as road sensors, traffic cameras, police scanners and traffic helicopters to glean traffic and road conditions.