The best Waze feature is now available in Google Maps for iPhone

Ruben Fields
October 18, 2019

Over the past year Google has been grabbing features from Waze and putting them into Google Maps on Android, including collected traffic reports, on-screen speed limits and potential speed traps. As CNET reported in May, Google began rolling out speed limits, speed cameras and mobile speed cameras in over 40 countries.

If you're not familiar with Waze's signature feature, incident reports can improve navigation by providing real-time information about the traffic ahead and can help you choose a different route to avoid obstacles along the way. That's changing, but only if you have an iPhone or an iPad: In a collective slap in the faces of Android and Nest users, you can now talk to Siri to make calls or send text messages through Google's service. While Waze continues to be offered as a standalone option for iOS and Android - and is now available through both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - its congestion data is surfaced through Google Maps, too. These include construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects like debris on the road. "To report an incident, simply tap on the + sign and then on "Add a report"," Tseng added.

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Google also said it's introducing four new types of incidents, which will be available on both platforms.

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