Google Maps introduces new ways to report driving incidents

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2019

So what does the tech giant need to do? What the latter doesn't do, however, is make a game out of reporting: in Waze, drivers are given points for however many incidents they file.

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.

This feature debuted on Android earlier this year, and Google says it "has been one of our most popular on Android", so bringing it to iOS is a natural thing to do.

Google has announced that Google Maps users will soon be able to report new types of incidents via the app on their iPhones. To add an incident, there's a new comment button added just underneath the compass button in the upper right.

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. You could also view nearby gas prices so you could be guided as to where it is cheapest to gas up.

Crowd reporting of traffic incidents is an important signal for Google, especially around live navigation, when those incidents can affect safety or commute times. For quite a while iOS users asked Google to add the ability to make calls via Siri, but the search giant probably had other priorities. People on "select" plans can get as much as 10 percent in Google Store credit when they buy a device or accessory from the shop.

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