The Google Maps incident reporting alert function seems like it’s showing up for more users but it doesn’t always work as it should…
Back in June, Google Maps started surfacing traffic incident reports. Now, more people are seeing the tool show-up in Maps. Previously, a few other users reported seeing speed trap alerts in Google Maps. In the past few days, the former Waze-like incident reporting feature is beginning to surface for more people.
Google Maps Incident Reporting Rolling Out more Widely
Google bought Waze, the crowdsourced traffic app about five years ago in 2013. At the time, it was widely expected Google would integrate many of its most popular tools. But, several years later and these functions are only starting to show up in Google Maps.
Some users also report seeing a button to report traffic collisions, as well as speed traps. Although more people see the crash alert button, it doesn’t necessarily work.
The crash alert reporting button appears when navigating to a specific location. It’s showing up in many countries but when tapped, does not function. Its appearance might be premature, ahead of the functionality. Or, its presence just might be a mistake at this time.
Whatever the case, it’s clear Google now intends to bring the tool to Maps and it should work in the not-too-distant future.