Apple Maps is getting Google and Waze-like accident reporting

User reports are now table-stakes for map apps
Apple Maps is getting Google and Waze-like accident reporting
Apple Maps is getting Google and Waze-like accident reporting

Apple is bringing accident, hazard, and speed test reporting to Apple Maps. The function is at the moment solely accessible to customers with the iOS 14.5 beta, and is just like user-reporting options present in Waze and Google Maps.

If you’re utilizing the function, you (or ideally a passenger) can press a brand new Report button within the backside tray, and choose what type of incident or hazard you’re reporting. You can even do that utilizing Siri: I used to be also in a position to say “there’s a speed lure right here” or “there’s one thing on the street.” MacRumors exhibits that the interface is offered on the CarPlay version of Maps, too.

This user-centric reporting function is now one thing that every one the key maps app both have, or have in improvement. Whereas this function was popularized with Waze, it’s been accessible in Google Maps since April of 2019, so Apple is enjoying catch-up right here (prefer it’s also trying to do by including user-generated images and critiques to Maps). It’s value noting, although, that Apple’s version has method fewer choices as of at present — Google’s, proven under, is way more in-depth.

There may be one unusual factor to level out with Apple’s version, and it has nothing to do with the truth that the function is in beta. You could have observed within the Google Maps screenshot that Apple’s and Google’s icons for accidents and speed traps look very comparable. Listed below are Apple’s once more for comparison: