Google Maps has become one of those apps that we just can’t do without. From plotting your road trip destinations to finding new places, it has it all.
And while Google Maps always help people get from point A to point B in the easiest way possible – we won’t talk about that one time I got lost in eSwatini – there is still room for improvement.
This week, Google added additional tools that reflect real-time contributions from the community. This helps users to stay even more informed when behind the wheel.
Here’s how Google is changing it up.
Google Maps’ upcoming feature
iPhone users will now have the ability to report traffic incident from their devices. These included not only crashes or accidents, but also speed traps and rush-hour traffic.
Google said in a statement that this feature has “been one of [their] most popular on Android, and [they are] excited to expand it to iOS” as well.
In addition to that, they are also introducing the ability to report “four new types of incidents” for Android and iOs users. These features were not around during the first version, and include:
- lane closures
- disabled vehicles
- objects or debris on the road
Users will now be able to determine whether they’ll encounter one of these potential obstructions on their ride and plan their trips accordingly.
How does it work?
To report an incident, simply tap on the + sign on the right side of the screen and then select Add A Report. It really is as simple as that.
From the new pop-up menu, you’ll be able to select one of the six options: Crash, Mobile Speed Camera, Congestion, Roadworks, Lane Closure, Disabled Vehicle, or Object on Road.
Once you select an option, you’ll have a few seconds to undo the action, just in case you selected a condition by mistake. Both features start rolling out globally on Android and iOS this week.
Recent Google Maps features
This follows just months after Google announced AR walking directions in the app for Android and iOS users. The latest change makes it a lot easier to follow directions while walking around unfamiliar streets.
The feature is only available for walking navigation, and there’s no indication that it will be rolled out to driving. I would venture a guess and say it probably won’t be included in driving navigation.
The last thing Google wants is users driving around staring into their iPads and phones instead of looking out the windscreen.