Google Maps Users Can Now Report Accidents, Diversions in Real Time

Joanna Estrada
October 20, 2019

Previously, it was only available on Android.

A Google spokesperson told Business Insider that the company believes the feature helps make roads safer, arguing that "informing drivers about upcoming speed traps allows them to be more careful and make safer decisions when they're on the road".

Google announced that report crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns will also be available on the iPhone, after having been introduced on Android a while ago.

Weirdly enough, such a feature still hasn't made it to Google Assistant on Android, although you'd expect that platform to get more love seeing as how it too is Google's. "To report an incident, simply tap on the + sign and then on 'Add a report, '" Google explains.

Google is rolling out updates this week which will bring the feature to iOS.

It's expected the tools will be added via a server-side update, meaning you may not necessarily have to download an update from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store for it to debut.

Waze, which is described as a "traffic navigation app", uses information submitted by users to avoid traffic jams, with reports including police, road construction, and other hazards that drivers must be alerted of in advance when driving towards a new destination.

You no longer need an Android phone to report collisions and other traffic trouble in Google Maps.

The new feature will roll out for all iPhone and Android users this week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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