New ways to report driving incidents on Google Maps

Google Maps has always helped people get from point A to B in the easiest way possible. They are adding more tools that reflect real-time contributions from the community so you can stay even more informed when you’re behind the wheel. Here’s what’s changing:

First, they are adding the ability for people to report crashes, speed traps and traffic slowdowns right from their iPhone. This feature has been one of the most popular on Android, and they are excited to expand it to iOS.

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Second, they are introducing the ability to report four new types of incidents–construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road (like debris)–so you can quickly know if you’ll encounter one of these potential obstructions on your ride, and plan accordingly. To report an incident, simply tap on the + sign and then on “Add a report.” 

Both features start rolling out globally on Android and iOS this week.

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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