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Google Maps is getting another useful ‘Waze’ feature

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Google Maps and Waze are undoubtedly among the most used navigation apps presently. And let’s be honest, lately, Google has been leaving no stone unturned to ensure that its apps and services have an edge over the others. To make Google Maps more useful, the technology giant recently also added the ability to report accidents and speed traps, a feature that was first seen in Waze.

However, Google is not stopping at just that as it has now added another Waze feature to its Maps app. Going forward, people will be able to report more number of incidents on the roads on Google Maps. A report in 9to5Google said that incident reporting Google Maps has now been updated and it enables users to include traffic slowdowns.

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Earlier, users could report crashes, police checkpoints, and speed cameras. However, there was no way for users to manually input an update indicating a traffic jam for others. We should say that the new update makes incident reporting far more useful on Google Maps considering that traffic jam is one among the biggest factors that cause a delay for people. But now, people will be able to share this information with users, so a lot of others will end up saving time.

The report further says that the feature will begin rolling out this week itself. But as of now, there is no word about whether the feature would be Android exclusive or it will be available for those using iOS devices as well.

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As we mentioned earlier, last month Google added the ability to report accidents and speed traps to its Maps app. With the ability to report accidents and speed traps, users are able to share this information with others by just marking it on Google Maps. This feature on Google Maps is also inspired by Waze.

To make it easier for users to report incidents that cause a delay including accidents, speed traps or just traffic jams, Google has added a new dedicated ‘Add a report’ button on its Maps app. This can be done while still getting directions from Google, so users would not even have to exit navigation in order to report a happening.

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In order to access the function, all you need to do is press the upward arrow from the bottom of the screen of your device. Another way of accessing it will be by pressing on the report button directly from the navigation on the app, which is placed right next to the audio and magnifying glass buttons.

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Avani Bagga
Avani Bagga
Avani has an immense love for reading, travelling and food, but not necessarily in the same order. Avani almost started pursuing law, but life had other (better) plans for her and she chose to be a writer instead (luckily!) She previously covered technology at Times Internet and wrote about smartphones, mobile apps and tech startups. When she’s not writing, you’ll be able to find her in book stores or catching up on her social life.
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