The logo of mobile app "Waze" is displayed on a tablet on January 2, 2014 in Paris. /AFP/Getty Images)
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April 2, 2015 11:47 AM EDT

Waze has added a new feature to its real-time traffic mapping app that answers a timeless question for commuters: “Will this traffic jam ever end?”

It will, and Waze can estimate just how long it will take to break free by tracking real-time GPS data from its community of drivers. The latest update to Waze’s iOS and Android versions now includes a “Time in Traffic” bar that displays how far your car has progressed through the jam and counts down the minutes to freedom.

It’s a handy tweak for those moments when the app can’t find a detour around the nastiest snarls.

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