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Apple may bring Waze-like traffic data to iOS Maps app

Apple Maps Waze Crowd-Sourced

A recently published patent suggests that Apple is interested in improving its Maps application for iOS with the help of its loyal iPhone users. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a method of generating travel directions based on crowd-sourced traffic data that will provide users with information in real-time about road conditions. The technology is similar to features offered by Waze, which Apple unsuccessfully attempted to acquire earlier this year according to a report. The system would allow travelers to flag potential road hazards such as heavy traffic, accidents and power outages, which will be used to warn and reroute other drivers. Users would also be given more driving route choices, including the option to take scenic routes in order to avoid traffic or construction zones.