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Google adds Waze feature to iOS and Android version of Maps

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Google adds Waze feature to iOS and Android version of Maps
When Google bought out crowdsourced navigation app Waze back in June, it added some of Waze's traffic features to Google Maps. Today, the Mountain View based tech titan added more Waze-provided data to the iOS and Android version of Google Maps. The feature being added to Google Maps deals with incident reporting and will be added to the Google application in 46 countries.

Clicking on the traffic overlay will show accidents and other incidents that affect traffic which can turn your commute into a bumper-to-bumper grind. Keep in mind that these reports are sent in by Waze users who happened to take the same route you are now traveling on. And the beauty of the whole thing is that Google Maps will create a route to avoid known incidents and if an accident happens while your on the road, it will re-route you as well.

Screen shots from Google Maps featuring the new improvements from Waze

Screen shots from Google Maps featuring the new improvements from Waze


source: @googlemaps via MobileSyrup

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posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:19

1. Jommick (Posts: 171; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


is...is that gingerbread?

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:43 5

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1271; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Looks like LG G2 to me...

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 17:53

10. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Yup. That's the G2

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:21 4

2. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Waze-reported incidents have been showing up in maps for a while. I appreciate the additional information, but I which the notifications would indicate when the incident was first/last observed. There's a big difference between an accident that happened an hour ago vs. one that occurred 5 minutes ago.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 15:50

7. Sauce (unregistered)


On Waze, when you pass an accident, a little bubble pops up saying if the accident is still there or not (likewise with cop cars). It's up to the community to report the correct information. Not sure if this additional reporting is on Google Maps yet or just on Waze for iOS and Android or just iOS.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 16:04

8. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I use both apps, and yes, you get a lot more information on Waze. The incident reports that show up in Google Maps aren't exactly worthless, but they aren't that useful.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:56 1

4. Augustine (Posts: 629; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


How about speed traps? I love Waze, but its routing cannot be compared to Maps'. The voice commands in Waze are quite brittle too and I hope that Google fixes them. However, the day that Maps supports reporting, I'll dump Waze.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 14:59

5. Knicknevin (Posts: 135; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


So is this going to run background so it affects all android/ios users? or only those who are actively using maps?

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 15:36 3

6. torr310 (Posts: 336; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Google Map needs to add "detour" function... there were times I didn't know where to go when I saw the detour on the road.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 16:51

9. PhantomSectre (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Sep 2011)


Waze used to be an awesome nav app... until Google took over. Now it's buggy, gives wrong directions, reports incorrect arrival times, etc. Google should have left the app alone, rather than trying to "improve" it.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 22:24 2

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1086; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Sounds like how the app was before google took it over too.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 13:34

12. Stuntman (Posts: 710; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I've found that Waze gives better directions in heavy traffic than Google Maps. What Google Maps seem to do better is estimated arrival times. I find with Waze, the arrival times in traffic tend to be underestimates and off by more than Google Maps' estimates which tend it be overestimates.

Wrong directions are likely due to map errors. Waze depends on the community to update the maps in their areas. You can check the Waze map editor to see why you were given wrong directions. Most likely it is a map error. You can update the map or request that the map be updated. I did that when I noticed some errors in my area.

I don't think much has changed with Waze since Google took over. The only thing I really noticed is that it defaults to using Google to search instead of Bing which is a good change.

I've switched over to Waze almost a year ago because of some annoying things with Google Maps and some great features of Waze. Maps lost me when the zoom level always changes back to the default. I cannot set my own default zoom level while in navigation and have Maps open with that same zoom level every time.

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