It was obvious that Google’s acquisition of Waze was about making Maps better. The acquisition has finally started bearing first fruit as Google Maps app for iOS gets real time incident reporting feature in the latest update…
On Waze, user can report about accidents, construction or road closures and car stopped by the side of the road in real time. This data is used to push notifications to other Waze users to alert them about the problems ahead.
This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.
Waze users will also benefit from the deal with Google as the Waze’s own app gets updated with Google search feature, Google Street View and satellite imaging addition to Waze’s Map Editor. Waze incident reporting feature is read-only in Maps; users of Google Maps can’t report incidents, just see the ones reported by the Waze users.
The feature will initially be available to the users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the U.S., with more regions rolling out later.