Some Google Maps users are seeing Waze-like incident reporting and trip summaries
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.It might surprise some of you to learn that
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.