For those who aren’t familiar with it, Waze is a live traffic reporting application that can notify other users of road events in the near vicinity. It can help re-route traffic in major cities such as Toronto. It’s just, in general, a better alternative to Google Maps for some. Funnily enough, Google also owns Waze having acquired the company way back in 2013. They’ve not really done a huge amount with the company, though they did introduce points of interest and advertisements a while back. Google now appears to be introducing Waze’s incident reporting into Google Maps, according to a report from AndroidPolice.
According to the report, incident reporting started showing up around version 9.79 of the Google Maps application. The screenshots are taken in version 9.81 though, so it’s unclear whether everyone is getting it or not just by updating to the latest available version of the app. The prompts themselves are very simple. Google Maps will ask you a question regarding the surrounding area, and you just answer it by either tapping “yes”, “no”, or “not sure”. This data is then pooled together and used to recommend new routes to other drivers, along with showing icons on the map to other users to signify the situation.
Waze technically works everywhere, as it relies on other drivers using the app to report information. As a result, we shouldn’t expect to see many restrictions on where we can use Google’s incident reporting in Google Maps once it rolls out worldwide. Interestingly, we could be seeing the beginning of a bigger merge between Waze and Google Maps. Google certainly could try to do so, but then that may mean monetizing Google Maps as well. We’ll see what happens in the future, but for now, this is a pretty cool feature to have.
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