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Google Maps introduces new ways to report driving incidents

Google Maps introduces new ways to report driving incidents”

Google also announced that incident reporting is now available for iPhone users, which is great for the whole Google Maps community - the more people making reports the more useful the map is to everyone. Google has been adding support for some of the incident types available in Waze to the Android version of Maps, and users are about to get even more options.

Android Maps users are now able to report incidents like traffic congestion, accidents, mobile speed cameras and roadworks.

First, You can now report crashes, speed traps and traffic slowdowns right from your iPhone.

Google is also enabling reports of four new types of incidents for both Android and iOS. These include construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects like debris on the road.

As you can see in the animation above, it's relatively easy to post reports while driving, and if you've been using Waze, you already know how it all works - just tap on the "+" sign and then Add a report. Users can choose between Crash, Speed Trap, Slowdown, Construction, Lane closure, Disabled vehicle, or Object on road.

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.

The NYPD, the nation's largest police force, sent a letter to Google in February asking the company to pull Waze's feature that let users report police sightings, arguing that it hindered officers' ability to nab drunk drivers.



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