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Technology Google Maps adding reporting features to Android, iOS

18:30  21 october  2019
18:30  21 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Google Maps finally received the one feature that was missing from the mobile app

Google Maps finally received the one feature that was missing from the mobile app Google released a couple of amazing Google Maps features in the past few weeks alone, including AR navigation support that rolled out to Android and iPhone, as well as asmarter way to plan your commute. And Google isn't done fine-tuning its navigation app, as the company has finally brought to mobile the one feature that was still missing in action. Available only on Android for the time being, which is the natural home of Google Maps, of course, is a Street View layer. Street View is one of the best features of Google Maps on desktop, allowing you to visualize the places you’re traveling to for the first time.

Google Maps users can now help fellow drivers with a new feature reminiscent of Waze's. Now, users can report traffic obstructions such as lane closures and disabled vehicles.

Back in March, Google widely rolled out speed trap and accident reports in Maps for Android . The service today is adding more types of incident reporting while bringing the popular feature to iOS . Similar to Waze

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.

a close up of a map: Google Maps is adding real-time reporting features to the app. © 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.

Android users had already been able to report crashes, speed traps and traffic slowdowns right on the app. However, these features were previously unavailable to iOS users.

A global update rolling out to users this week will bring this functionality to both platforms, according to a Google blog post.

Google is also adding the ability to report construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles and objects such as debris on the road.

Google Maps lets you manage your public profile from the Android app .
Google Maps increasingly thrives on user contributions to fill in details, but you haven't had the option to manage your public profile from the phone app you're probably using to make those contributions. That's a bit backwards, but Google is thankfully setting things right. An updated version of the Android app lets you manage your profile from a new "your profile" item in the side menu. You can make simple tweaks to your name, photo or bio, but you also get a fast track to special privacy controls in settings. Maps allows you to hide your contributions on your profile, and can opt you out of sharing your profile with the businesses you follow.

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