Apple Maps is adding some of the best tools competitors Waze and Google Maps sport, including collision, road hazard, and speed trap reporting…
Apple has put a lot of time and effort into rebuilding Apple Maps. After completely overhauling the platform and inserting huge amounts of captured roadway data, Apple Maps still remains lacking in several areas behind rivals Waze and Google Maps. To keep up with the competition, Apple is bringing some very popular options to Apple Maps that its rivals already support.
Apple Maps Gaining Waze-Like Features for Reporting Collisions, Road Hazards, and Speed Traps
Live inside the iOS 14.5 beta release, Apple Maps now includes such features as reporting accidents, roadway issues, as well as speed enforcement. What’s more, Apple Maps users don’t have to solely rely on haptic interaction or touch in order to report these conditions. (Although there is an option to swipe and tap a button to report issues in order to alert others.) Instead, reporting will mostly rely on voice interactions with Siri or Apple CarPlay.
For instance, drivers can say things like “there’s a traffic accident up ahead,” “there’s something obstructing the lane,” or “there’s a speed trap here.” Additionally, drivers can update others’ reports. For instance, by saying “the car collision is no longer here,” “the obstruction has been moved off the road,” or “there’s speed trap here now.”
Right now, the tools are only available to public beta testers, along with developers. However, the options should roll out to the general public sometime this spring.