Google Maps is starting to look a lot more like Waze. Google todayannounced
[https://www.blog.google/products/maps/new-ways-report-driving-incidents-google-maps/] a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to
report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams. And on both iOS and Android,
users will be able to report other driving hazards and incidents, like road
construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles and objects in the road ? like
debris. These are all core Waze features and among the primary reasons why many
users opt for Waze over Google Maps.
Google had already offered accident, speed trap and traffic slowdown reports on
Android before today.
The new updates follow a steady launch of Waze-like additions to the Google Maps
For example,Google launched speed limits and speed trap alerts
[https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/29/google-maps-adds-ability-to-see-speed-limits-and-speed-traps-in-40-countries/] in more than 40 countries in Google Maps back in May. And it had been testing
[https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/06/google-testing-crash-speed-trap-reporting-maps/] before now. Google Maps also previously adopted other Waze features, likethe
ability to add a stop to your route
[https://techcrunch.com/2016/02/29/google-maps-brings-its-add-a-pit-stop-feature-to-ios/] while in navigation mode, or the ability toview nearby gas prices
[https://techcrunch.com/2015/10/20/google-maps-now-lets-you-add-a-stop-along-your-route-check-gas-prices/] .When you?re navigating your route in Google Maps, you can tap to add a report,
then choose from a long list that now includes: Crash, Speed Trap, Slowdown,
Construction, Lane Closure, Disabled vehicle and Object on Road.
With the additions, Google is chipping away at the many reasons why people still
turn to Waze.
However, Waze is still better for planning a trip by connecting to your personal
calendar or Facebook events, while Google Maps has instead focused more on
helping usersplan their commutes
Waze also is more social andincludes a carpooling service
The benefit of more users switching to Maps means more aggregate data to help
power Google?s other products. Data collection from Google Maps is behind
features like those that show thewait times, popular times and visit duration
[https://support.google.com/business/answer/6263531?hl=en]at local businesses,
for example. Plus, Google Maps is a jumping off point for Google?s My Business
platform, which hasmore recently been challenging Facebook Pages
[https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/20/google-ramps-up-competition-with-facebook-pages-with-new-tools-for-local-businesses/] by allowing Maps users to follow their favorite businesses to track promotions
and events, and even message the businesses directly.
Google says the new Google Maps features start rolling out globally on Android
and iOS this week