Is Google slowly killing off Waze?

Is Google slowly killing off Waze?
Over the last couple of weeks, Google has added a couple of much wanted features to Google Maps. The latter now sports speed limit notifications and speed camera warnings, which were both part of Waze. For those unfamiliar with the app, Waze is a Google-owned alternative to Maps that uses crowdsourced information to warn users about things like accidents, construction sites, speed traps and other incidents that you would like to avoid during your daily commute.

Today, a screenshot shared on Reddit (via BGR) shows that Google Maps will soon allow users to report a crash or a speed trap that they pass on their current journey. Pressing the "+" button at the right of the screen calls up a menu that allows drivers or passengers to tap on "Crash" or "Speed trap" to report either one. Google warns those behind the wheel not to tap on either button until it is safe to do. 

Back in November, a few Google Maps users reported seeing the same incident report menu appear on the app. The fact that it continues to show up for some users could be a sign that Google plans on rolling this out to one and all shortly. The big question is whether Google intends to slowly kill off Waze, which it acquired in 2013, by adding some of its best features piecemeal to Google Maps.

One feature of Waze that we would like to see on Google Maps is the option that allows turn-by-turn directions to be vocalized by celebrities, or by a user's own voice.

Incident reporting is coming to Google Maps

Incident reporting is coming to Google Maps

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11 Comments

1. kotan24

Posts: 287; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Eventually it will kill it off it only makes sense.

3. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I can see Waze go in the future for sure, especially since Google is also embedding Google Assistant to their Google Maps app. So you will be able to use just your voice to interact with Google Maps, including reporting accidents, or other traffic mishaps. You will also be able to ask for things in Google Maps like nearest gas station along with many other things. This will happen within Google Maps itself. So even iOS users will get a taste of Google Assistant being embedded inside Google Maps app. No need to touch the display at all. That is suppose to happen this year.

2. Eclectech

Posts: 334; Member since: May 01, 2013

Surprised it's taken this long. Merge the best pieces of both Map apps and then support one map app.

10. buccob

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I used to default to waze back in the day... but after the acquisition I went with Gmaps.... I also change in behavior being a lot less concern about notifying anything I encountered... so people making the transition could face the same changes... and that is what takes long... Google is smart by taking this much time, otherwise they will end up with a lot of Google Maps users but no "reporters"

4. sissy246

Posts: 6837; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Never have liked Waze but, i have also not been happy with Gmaps lately. I have never had it take me to the wrong address tell the last two times i have used it and both times it took me to the wrong address. I like that they have added the new features though.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3040; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Here! Maps on Windows had speed limit voice warnings, speed traps and camera locations since WP8 in 2012. How are these "new" features on Google Maps?

6. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Google owns Waze as well. So now they look like they are merging everything into one.

7. redmd

Posts: 1871; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Google does not have turn-by-turn navigation that Waze has. Hope they will integrate that in the future.

8. Reybanz88

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Google Maps is better than Waze, Waze address search is horrible and a lot of times wrong unless you have the entire address. The only good thing waze has is the accident, pot hole, and police reports. I keep Waze open to alert me to that stuff but use Maps to navigate.

9. HumbleJ06

Posts: 86; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Used Waze all the time till about 3 months ago. Too many issues with the app crashing or losing connection. Found out others were experiencing the same. Been using Google maps ever since.

11. frozz

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

to me google maps is waaaaay more convenient to use and sync info to my google account plus you can use google assist too and it is more accurate road for road in a multi layer crazy city multiple pathway. i abandon waze like N years ago, such ancient tech. if google is mp3, waze is like pottery music

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