Google Maps (Waze incident reporting)

Putting its June acquisition of the popular social mapping and location startup Waze to good use, the Internet giant Google today announced that crowd-sourced incident reports from Wazers will be soon available through the Google Maps mobile apps for iOS and Android.

This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, their updates will also appear in real-time on the Google Maps mobile apps in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US…

“Not only will we continue to outsmart traffic and keep citizens updated via the Waze app and broadcast partners, but Waze real time incident reports will appear on the Google Maps for Android, iPad and iPhone,” the Waze team wrote in a blog post.

Incident reports within Google Maps will not include Wazer profile information, but contributors will still earn points on the Waze side.

And writing on its Lat Long blog, the Google Maps team wrote that the updated Waze Map Editor (below) is now available with support for Google Street View and satellite imagery, making it easy for Wazers to report map errors.

Waze Map Editor (screenshot 001)

The company has also updated the free Waze app for iOS and Android with built-in Google Search, which joins a host of other search providers featured on Waze, such as Foursquare and Yelp.

Previously, Google started monetizing users by injecting relevant advertising into Google Maps search results across mobile platforms.

Moreover, the search monster hasĀ killed the Google+ Local iOS app and posted a new Google Maps SDK which lets third-party iOS developers implement Street View and Indoor Maps in their warez.

Though Apple was speculated to have been interested in Waze, the deal never went through as Google snatched the startup out from under Apple in a surprising move.

Since that hiccup, Apple has moved to snap up public transit and navigation data provider HopStop and location-based data startup Locationary.

In addition, the iPhone maker recently advertised a number of Maps-related positions on its website. Eagled-eyed readers could also note Apple is set to release a standalone Maps Mac app as part of its upcoming Fall release of OS X Mavericks.

You can download Google Maps free from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play store.

  • David Gitman

    google : “please make it smoother and faster” – iPhone 4 users

  • Cooknivesuck

    google maps is great for searching and exploring there are jailbreak tweaks that make is super fast on iPhone 5 too.. but for navigation i still link to tomtom for voice turn by turn

    • Jack Wong

      I didn’t buy tomtom or any other name brand navigation app.

      GPS Drive & Warez(for live traffic) has been servicing me well before the Apple map.

    • Rowan09

      I use Navigon and its never failed me yet, it has offline mapping as well with live traffic updates and alternate routes.

      • TheJohn

        cool

      • Adam Bowman

        I’ve used Navigon too, but whenever I need to free up space on my phone, that’s one of the first apps I delete (because I can use Google or Apple Maps as a back up). But I’ve looked at the recent reviews and it keeps getting so many low ratings. Users complain that since Garmin took over, the app has been crap. Do you find that the case at all? I’m wondering because I’m thinking about reinstalling it. Have you encountered any issues since the Garmin acquisition? Thanks for your help.

      • Rowan09

        The reason why people complain is because prior to the Garmin takeover it was free upgrades for life now they charge you $19.99 for every year or 2 if you want to upgrade the maps. It doesn’t take up much space like in the past because you actually install the maps your going to use. I live in NY for I have the NY maps installed with all the areas around me and places I visit. You don’t have to install the every map if you don’t want to anymore. I paid for the live traffic info and its very accurate, plus it now gives you a street view when you reach you destination. Give it a try its a lot better than before.