Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Maps Gets the Best Feature of Waze on iPhone

Google Maps Gets the Best Feature of Waze on iPhone

Google also announced that it is adding several new report types which will be available to both Android and iOS users.

If you're not familiar with Waze's signature feature, incident reports can improve navigation by providing real-time information about the traffic ahead and can help you choose a different route to avoid obstacles along the way.

In June it added a speedometer next to the existing speed-limit indicator that launched earlier in the year.

The iPhone version of Google Maps has recently been updated with support for error reporting, letting users contribute with reports on crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns.

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And thanks to Apple CarPlay support for Google Maps, iPhone owners should be able to see some of these Waze features on the infotainment system. The new feature allows Google Maps users on iOS to report crashes they pass, along with speed traps and traffic slowdowns, straight from their phone.

Second, you can now report four new types of incidents: construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road (like debris).

The NYPD, the nation's largest police force, sent a letter to Google in February asking the company to pull Waze's feature that let users report police sightings, arguing that it hindered officers' ability to nab drunk drivers.

This feature will be rolling out to Android and iOS devices this week. Thankfully modern mapping services are generally pretty good at warning you about hindrances on the road, but someone has to report those incidents first.

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