Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Best Alexa Devices
    08:06 Deals

    Amazon’s hottest smart home gadget is down to $19 today – and you can get a $4…

  2. Amazon Echo Auto Price
    13:16 Deals

    Add hands-free Alexa to your car for $19.99 with this Amazon deal

  3. MacBook Pro 2021 Price
    16:34 Deals

    Amazon slashed $200 off Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro, or get a MacBook Air for $899

  4. Amazon Gift Card Promotion
    11:46 Deals

    How you can get $15 from Amazon right now for free

  5. How To Save Money On Your Cable Bill
    11:47 Deals

    Make your cable company furious and save $120/year with this $56 Amazon purchase

Google Maps is testing Waze’s cool incident reports feature

November 7th, 2018 at 6:50 AM

Google owns not one, but two great navigation apps, including Google Maps, which it developed from the ground up, and Waze, which it bought a few years ago. And the latter has one crucial advantage over Google Maps, it provides crowdsourced real-time traffic information that can be really helpful while getting driving directions. Traffic details including police traps, accidents, traffic jams, and more can be reported live by other Waze users. And it looks like Google wants to bring some of these features to Google Maps.

Google is currently testing a feature that would allow users to report crashes and speed traps, Android Police reports.

Support for incident reports in Google Maps was first discovered months ago, but the feature is actually in testing for a few Google Maps users right now, as seen in the following screenshot.

Image source: Android Police

The new report buttons should appear at the bottom of the screen, at which point you’ll be able to tell Google whether you’ve encountered a crash or speed trap. The feature only works in navigation mode, something a Redditor has been able to confirm, calling the feature “useless:”

You can only notify of a speed trap if you are being directed by the map. I don’t need directions around where I live, but that means I can’t map a speed trap. Waze lets you notify of speed traps even when it’s not directing you. Australia, Android. Am I wrong? I hope I’m wrong.

The feature is still in testing, and there’s no telling when it’ll make it to all Google Maps users out there. If you happen to be driving a lot and could use more live updates about what’s happening around you, then Waze may be a much better solution than Maps.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Popular News