Some Google Maps users are seeing Waze-like incident reporting and trip summaries

While most drivers prefer Google Maps to crowd-sourced navigation app Waze, there is no question that the latter provides information that you usually don't find on the former. For example, Waze will tell you where "smokey" or the "popo" are hiding out with their radar guns on and their ticket books open. The crowd-sourced nature of Waze allows drivers to benefit from real-time driving experiences from other Waze users. Accidents and road closings are reported faster on Waze.

It might surprise some of you to learn that Waze is actually owned by Google, and has been since 2013. Yet some of the cool features found in Waze, such as hearing turn-by-turn directions in your own voice, have not been integrated yet into Google Maps. What is coming to Maps based on reports from some users, is incident reporting. These notifications show information about heavy traffic, road closures, speed traps, speed cameras, accidents and more.

Each notification shows how long the issue is expected to affect driving conditions, the last time the information was updated, and a prompt allowing you to weigh in on the current situation. For example, on a road closure notification you will be asked if the road remains closed, and are given three pre-set quick replies: "yes," "no," and "not sure." Your response will be used to update other drivers about current traffic conditions in the area.

Something else that some users have noticed when using Google Maps, is that they received a summary of the journey they took after arriving at their destination. In the example seen at right, the app passed along the distance that the user traveled, how long the trip took, and the average speed. It also revealed that the driver arrived at his destination one minute earlier than forecast by Google Maps.


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8 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

Love Waze!!!

2. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

This has been available for many months... like since the beginning of the year, if not earlier than that.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I've stopped using Google Maps ages ago; thanks to SYGIC. Navigation is absolutely free, it works completely off-line; maps are in complete 3D and highly compressed (I've a whole map of Australia on my phone!) and they don't expire in a month. In fact, they NEVER expire! The best mapping solution by far; and I've tried most (if not all) of them! G'Day!

5. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

How about traffic? That’s my biggest thing with gmaps

7. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I agree that offline maps give you a piece of mind, especially when you're travelling to National parks/ state parks but G Maps and Waze gives best route when there is lot of traffic. Can't beat that.

4. nivek4011

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Love Google Maps & Waze, but might give SYGIC a try. However, my car has Android Auto and works with GM&W so will probably stick with those. Thanks for the 411.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I've been getting trip details for quite a while. Nothing new about it. Incident reporting is new for sure.

8. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Yeah I don't think the writer for this article uses google maps, becucaue trip details has been around forever. If you click the source link to Android police it does not mention the trip details as new.

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