Google Maps adds New Features, Including Driving-incident Reports
Google announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams. Users will also be able to report other driving hazards and incidents, like road construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles and objects in the road such as debris. These features will make Google Maps more like Waze, a GPS navigation software app owned by Google.
When you’re navigating your route in Google Maps, you can tap to add a report, then choose from a long list that now includes: Crash, Speed Trap, Slowdown, Construction, Lane Closure, Disabled vehicle and Object on Road.
Google Maps is a jumping off point for Google’s My Business platform, which has more recently been challenging Facebook Pages by allowing Maps users to follow their favorite businesses to track promotions and events, and even message the businesses directly. Google says the new Google Maps features start rolling out globally on Android and iOS this week.