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  • Google Announces That Google Maps Users Can Now Take Advantage of Waze Incident Reports


    Google Tuesday morning announced that Google Maps users could now take advantage of the real-time incident reports generated from Waze users. Google acquired Waze in June 2013.

    Shown above, the user can find little icons scattered throughout their maps that might show accidents, construction zones, road closures, and more. Tapping on the icon gives the user a brief explanation of what the icon is about.

    These incident reports help drivers stay away from potential issues that could cause late arrivals or heavy traffic situations; however, all routing should be pre-planned and the driver should not be playing with their phone on the road for safety reasons.

    The real-time Waze incident reports are available to users in both the iOS version of the application and in the Android version of the application. Currently, the real-time Waze incident reports are supported in the following countries:

    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Ecuador
    • France
    • Germany
    • Mexico
    • Panama
    • Peru
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    Notably, the incident reports are available in the Google Maps application without the need to look for an update to the application in the App Store. Google was able to integrate these features from their own end.

    Sources: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Announces That Google Maps Users Can Now Take Advantage of Waze Incident Reports started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      THIS IS GREAT! I love Waze's incident reports - but I trust Google's mapping more. Best of both worlds! Did it say anything about Google Maps users being able to report their own incidents within the Google Maps app or can you only report in Waze?
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      I was about to say...why can't we report in GM...that'll be a nice leap forward to making that a perm replacement for me. I actually like how Apple's maps brought in details about the delay, but Google's gotten pretty good at it. But I don't want to switch over to Waze to report my own.

      Tying in with Trapster would be the icing on the cake.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Is the info that creates these reports still crowdsourced? And if so, is there the capability to reporting something you see?

      If the answers are yes and no, then the reliability is going to go downhill really fast as people abandon the Waze app and stop reporting incidents.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Just checked out. Very smooth. Would love to see the ability to report incidents via gm app. Crossing my fingers for a future update
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Best of both world. Google's maps are better and Waze has the most up to date traffic. The only problem is that Waze's usefulness depends on users continuing to use it and supply it with current and relevant data.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Does the directional A to B thing take note of these?
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Good addition!
      I liked Waze for this reason! It has helped keep me and coworkers from being late a few times.
      Hopefully we'll see this get expanded farther with Google Maps, includimg reporting options like is already done with Waze.
    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Is the info that creates these reports still crowdsourced? And if so, is there the capability to reporting something you see?

      If the answers are yes and no, then the reliability is going to go downhill really fast as people abandon the Waze app and stop reporting incidents.
      One would assume they would eventually add reporting into gmaps and fully merge the apps down the line in some fashion, but even if that didn't happen, while having incident reports in google maps would stop some people from using waze, the whole "earn points for reporting" is a very addicting "game". I work for a company that has ~500 outside sales reps across the country, driving everyday to existing clients and prospects. I introduced them to waze and they love it, they are racing to get to top level.

      In fact thier one complaint is the top levels are based on being the 1% reporter in your state. They frequently are changing states and it then causes their scores to fluctuate. There almost needs to be a "trucker" version of waze with bonus points given to those reporting from all over.