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Technology Google Maps for iPhone now lets you report abandoned couches in the road, speed traps and other slowdowns

03:30  18 october  2019
03:30  18 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Google Maps just got a great new feature – but only on iPhone, not Android

Google Maps just got a great new feature – but only on iPhone, not Android A few days ago, Google brought one of the features that was missing from the desktop Google Maps experience to the mobile versions of the app. That’s Street View support, which can now easily be enabled from the layers button. The feature is only available on Android for the time being though, which is hardly surprising. But Google also brought a handy feature to the iPhone version of Google Maps that doesn’t seem to be available on Android, which is quite strange considering Android is, you know, Google’s own mobile platform.

The latest Google Maps update lets iPhone users report road hazards, car accidents and other Not only is the feature coming to iPhones for the first time, Google is also adding the ability to These, along with crashes, speed traps and slowdowns combine to give Google Maps users seven

Since 2018, Google has slowly added ways to report incidents on the road like accidents, road closures, and traffic slowdowns — something made popular by Google -owned Waze — to Google Maps on By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

Millions use Google Maps every day on their iPhones instead of the default Apple Maps to estimate their commute, plan road trips or otherwise just bum around town. This week Google is rolling out a new feature that will let those users report road incidents -- like car accidents, speed traps and obstacles -- right from the iOS app. Google introduced hazard reporting on Android earlier this year, but this is the first time that iPhone owners can also help crowdsource traffic slowdown information on Google Maps.

a close up of a map: The latest Google Maps update lets iPhone users report road hazards, car accidents and other slowdowns. Angela Lang/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The latest Google Maps update lets iPhone users report road hazards, car accidents and other slowdowns. Angela Lang/CNET a close up of a map: The latest Google Maps update lets iPhone users report road hazards, car accidents and other slowdowns.© CNET

The latest Google Maps update lets iPhone users report road hazards, car accidents and other slowdowns.

Google Maps on iOS will soon let you report speed traps and traffic slowdowns

  Google Maps on iOS will soon let you report speed traps and traffic slowdowns You’ll also be able to report construction, lane closures, and moreIn a blog post (via 9to5Google), Google says that iPhone users will be able to report those crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns now too.

Google Maps users report seeing speed limit and speed trap warnings pop up in the navigation With the speed limit feature, drivers using Google Maps will be shown the post speed limit of the road they’re driving on in the lower left The Google Maps speed trap feature has also started rolling out.

accidents and speed traps just like its sister-app Waze Google maps users can now report speed traps , jams, and hazards The features will be included for both Android and iOS users Google has also expanded the types of road hazards that can be reported through its incident

Not only is the feature coming to iPhones for the first time, Google is also adding the ability to report four new types of incidents on both iPhone and Android: construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles and objects on the road (like fallen branches or furniture that fell off the back of the truck).

These, along with crashes, speed traps and slowdowns combine to give Google Maps users seven options when reporting slow traffic flow to the app. Google uses that information, combined with traffic speed and other data to determine where slowdowns are happening in real time, and to reroute drivers who might experience a delay if they encounter them.

  Google Maps for iPhone now lets you report abandoned couches in the road, speed traps and other slowdowns © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
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Here's how you can add your observations to the Google Maps app so that other drivers might avoid a delay, whether you're navigating on an iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet. Before you submit your first report, however, you'll want to make sure you have the most recent Google Maps update (version 5.29 or later on iOS, 10.27.2 or later on Android).

Google Maps adding reporting features to Android, iOS

  Google Maps adding reporting features to Android, iOS Google Maps is about to get some new features that will help users report on incidents such as accidents and speed traps in an upcoming update. © Shutterstock Google Maps is adding real-time reporting features to the app. These real-time reporting features were popularized by the navigation app Waze, which is owned by Google.Waze has a devoted user base because it can sometimes give drivers a better picture of the road conditions that may affect the drive. Navigation apps like Google Maps previously did not identify road conditions that could affect traffic, such as speed traps.

Back in March, Google widely rolled out speed trap and accident reports in Maps for Android. Before today, incident types included crashes, speed traps , and traffic slowdowns . Android and iOS are now gaining construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road .

Google has just announced that a new update is making its way to the Maps app on mobile. The most important change included in the update is the addition of a new ability that allows Maps users to report crashes, speed traps , and traffic slowdowns directly from their iPhones .

a close up of a cell phone: The latest update to Google Maps brings the total options for reporting traffic slowdowns to seven. Screenshot by Dale Smith/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The latest update to Google Maps brings the total options for reporting traffic slowdowns to seven. Screenshot by Dale Smith/CNET

How to report road incidents in Google Maps

Once you have the latest Google Maps update installed, the rest is a breeze.

1. Open Google Maps and plot a route.

2. To upper right, beneath the microphone symbol you'll see four more buttons: search (the magnifying glass) mute (the speaker icon) compass lock (the compass needle) and finally the button for reporting traffic incidents (a dropped location pin with a + sign in it). Tap the location pin icon.

3. On the menu that pops up from the bottom of the screen, tap the type of road hazard you want to report.

4. You'll have about three seconds to change your mind, or you can tap Confirm to stop the timer and submit the report immediately.

5. Now you'll see a hazard warning pinned to your location on the map, with a symbol representing the issue and a number indicating how many people have reported it. For example, if you're the first person to report a car accident you'll see a symbol of a damaged car next to "1 reported."

Why police are concerned over new Google Maps 'speed trap' location feature

  Why police are concerned over new Google Maps 'speed trap' location feature Google Maps now allows iPhone users to report speed traps and other incidents in real-time through the app.The feature, which has been one of the most popular on Android devices, has now expanded to iOS in the latest app update, according to Google Maps project manager Sandra Tseng.

Google is adding a new type of incident to the Google Maps reporting feature: traffic slowdowns . This joins crashes and speed traps . Google Maps already indicates the flow of traffic with road colors. Users know if the road is highlighted in orange or red that traffic is moving slow .

Google has recently been doubling down on efforts to add even more features to its Maps app, though the latest effort is currently in the test phase. Directed at motorists using navigation, the feature lets you report crashes and speed traps and then uses the crowdsourced data to create more efficient

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That's it -- now you can continue cruising along your route, happy in knowing you've possibly helped other travelers avoid a delay.

Traffic incident reporting is just one of many of the incremental improvements Google has made to the Google Maps app over the recent year. Just this month, Google updated the app with extra-detailed voice guidance to better serve the visually impaired. Over the summer, Google added a speedometer to Google Maps, and before that, in the spring, Google introduced incognito mode so you can plot and drive to any destination without leaving a paper trail.

Google Maps just introduced a feature that gives you more control over your privacy .
Google Maps is one of Google’s best and most popular apps and an application that Google often updates. Some of the improvements are significant additions to the app, like the Waze incident reports, the incognito mode, and AR navigation support, while others are much smaller in scope. The latest update may be seen as a minor upgrade, but it’s definitely the kind of privacy features a set of Google Maps users will definitely appreciate. If you’reIf you’re contributing to Google Maps, then you’ll now be able to customize your profile from right inside the app. And you’ll be able to do more things than before and better protect your privacy.

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