Google will let you report more types of road incidents on Maps

What you need to know

  • iPhone owners will finally be able to alert others about traffic incidents via Google Maps, similar to how things work on Waze.
  • The feature has been available on Android for quite some time now, and the company's finally porting it over to the Appleverse.
  • Both platforms will also be able to report an expanded array of driving incidents, including constructions, lane closures, and more.

Google's pushing a new update to Maps that will close the feature gap between the iOS and Android versions of the app. The update relates to reporting driving incidents and will allow iPhone users to finally communicate driving events like speed traps and crashes from within the application.

The function was already available to Android users. While iPhone users could see information about traffic, crashes, and so on, they were previously only passive consumers of the information and could not actively alert other users to incidents they might have witnessed themselves. That's now changed.

Alongside this, users of both platforms will now have the ability to report four more types of events on the road: "construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road (like debris)."

The changes will begin propagating to users of both platforms across the world sometime this week. The company had also added AR directions in Maps for iOS and Android users earlier in the year.

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Muhammad Jarir Kanji
  • Didn't Google buy Waze?
  • At this point, I really wish they would just merge them into one application.
  • Not until Waze can have the same options available as Google Maps. You can't even have Miles and Yards as unit options in Waze to match the road signs and laws of the UK.
  • They did. Not sure why they aren't more integrated.
  • I wish they would just put the buttons on the side of the map instead of the + button
  • Where am I missing the option in Android auto maps?
  • I have very hit or miss experience with it. Sometimes it gives you an option on the right side to report a slowdown, police speed trap, or crash. But most of the time the option isn't there... I've noticed it on longer drives like multiple hours