Google Maps is one of the most popular navigation apps. However, many drivers chose to use Waze as it offers real time updates about the traffic. It appears that Google Maps is ready to face its competition and it is adding some features that will offer drivers information about the traffic in real time as well.
Right now Google Maps is testing a feature that allows all motorist to report any possible hazards that show up on the road. Then, Google Maps uses all the data and it comes up with a route that will help the driver avoid the dangers.
Some users can try the feature
A couple of months ago, an APK teardown revealed that this feature was on its way. Currently, it appears that some Android Google Maps users are able to test the feature. If you get selected will see a report button that has a “+” sign in a speech bubble. The button is located at the bottom of the Google Maps display, in the left side. Once you tap the button you can add information about a speed hazard or a crash.
Waze had this feature for a long time, so it shouldn’t surprise us that Maps will get it as well, especially since Google purchased Waze back in 2013. In fact, some users believe that it took too long to bring this feature in Google Maps. Nonetheless, the new feature is in testing at the moment, and it will take some time until we will see it in the app.
If the tests go well, we might get the new feature sooner than we expected. However, this might not be the case, and if there are any issues, Google will have to spend time fixing them before they are able to release an update.
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