Google’s Waze acquisition brings real-time incident reports to Google Maps
Google Maps has been updated with the ability to alert users to real-time incidents, as a result of the company’s acquisition of mapping service Waze earlier this year.
On Waze, users can report things like accidents, construction, cars stopped by the side of the road, and road closures in real-time as they drive, and while Maps users won’t be able to report such incidents just yet, they will be able to see all incidents reported by Wazers once the necessary updates arrive to the Android and iOS Maps apps.
Waze is getting something in return from Google as well – Google Search is now an option in Waze’s list of providers, and Google Street View and satellite imaging will be added to Waze’s Map Editor, in an effort to provide tools to Waze’s active community for improved reporting – a clear indicator that Google is in no mood to kill off Waze just yet, and is only leveraging its features to improve the experience on its mapping service.
The new features will be available to users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the U.S. initially, with more regions to follow later on. As the months go by, Google promises to bring more and more Waze features to Maps, and it will be interesting to see what’s next.
Source: Google Lat Long