Driving is anything but hassle free. Speed cameras, accidents and other hazards can occur at any time, requiring drivers to be alert, quick and prepared for anything. If you see something dangerous on your route that you want to warn others about, there’s an easy way to do it in Apple Maps.
The ability to report speed traps, accidents and hazards is a new addition to Apple Maps from the iOS 14.5 update for iPhone (currently in beta).
Now, to be clear, this feature is not by simply adding the ability to view accidents and other hazards on your route. If you use Apple Maps for navigation, you have probably already seen incidents reported on your routes, such as lane closures, road closures, road construction, accidents and more. And in iOS 1
Instead, iOS 14.5 adds the ability to report speed traps, accidents and hazards, just like in Waze. The idea here is to crowdsource traffic problems. If enough people report a problem along the way, Apple can assume something is wrong and can display a warning on other drivers’ cards more quickly than relying on external sources.
Report accidents, hazards and speed cameras
Access to these reporting options is easy. While navigating, swipe up the menu or tap the arrow then tap “Report”. Here you can choose from “Accident”, “Danger” or “Speed trap”.
Be careful when you do, as one tap is all it takes to send a report. There’s no prompt to give you a chance to go back, which makes sense as less hassle with your iPhone means safer driving on the road. So this function should only be used if you see real risks on the road.
Alternatively, you can use CarPlay as it is baked there too. Plus, there’s always Hey Siri. For example, while driving, say “Hey Siri, there is an accident” or “Hey Siri, there is a speed trap.” Siri should send the report to Apple right away if it heard you correctly. So make sure to only use it when you see real accidents, hazards and speed traps on your ride.
It’s worth pointing out that sending incorrect reports just to try the feature defeats the usefulness of crowdsourcing information in Maps.
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