Waze, the social maps app on Android and iOS, was bought by Google a while ago, and now the integration is beginning. Google has announced that Google Maps will be including Waze traffic incident reports. This isn’t available in all countries, only a few such as the US, UK, and some North/South American countries, along with select other European countries:
Users of Google Maps for Mobile will now benefit from real time incident reports from Waze users. This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.
Waze is benefitting from the buyout as well, as the app will be updated to include Google Search, and best of all, Google Street View. The community driven mapping application will allow users to search for places using Google advanced search engines, and will allow users to accurately change or add something to the map using Google’s satellite view and Street View services.
I’ve never tried out Waze, but have heard only good things about it. I do, however, oft use Google Maps alongside the built in Apple Maps app found in iOS 6 and 7. I am glad that this information will be coming to Google Maps, as it should help it more accurately give directions when using the GPS features. Now all Google needs to do is add something similar to Apple’s “share to device” feature found in Maps for OS X and iOS and I would be using that full-time.
Google Maps can be downloaded here for free: Google Maps.
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