Millions use Google Maps every day on their iPhones ($ 699 at Amazon) instead of the standard Apple Maps to plan their commuting, planning road trips or otherwise just roam the city. This week, Google is introducing a new feature that allows users to report traffic incidents ̵
Not only does the feature come to iPhones for the first time, Google also adds the ability to report four new types of incidents on both iPhone and Android: construction, lane closures, handicapped vehicles and objects on the road (such as fallen branches or furniture that have fallen from the rear of the truck).
These, along with crashes, speed controls, and delays, give Google Maps users seven options when reporting a slow flow of traffic to the app. Google uses that information, combined with traffic speed and other data, to determine where delays occur in real time and to redirect drivers that may experience a delay if they encounter it.
For example, you can add your observations to the Google Maps app so that other drivers & # 39; s delays can occur, whether you are on an iPhone, iPad ($ 280 at Best Buy) or Android phone or tablet. However, before submitting your first report, ensure that you have the most recent Google Maps update (version 5.29 or higher on iOS, 10.27.2 or higher on Android).
How to report road incidents in Google Maps
After installing the latest Google Maps update, the rest is a piece of cake.
1. Open Google Maps and plot a route.
2. At the top right below the microphone symbol you can see four more buttons: search (the magnifying glass) muting (the loudspeaker icon) compass lock (the compass needle) and finally the button for reporting traffic incidents (a knocked down location pin with a + sign in it). Tap the location pen icon .
3. In the menu that pops up at the bottom of the screen, tap the type of traffic hazard that you want to report.
4. You have about three seconds to change your mind or you tap Confirm to stop the timer and immediately submit the report.
5. Now you see a hazard warning on your location on the map, with a symbol for the problem and a number that indicates how many people have reported it. For example, if you are the first to report a car accident, you will see next to & # 39; 1 reported & # 39; a symbol of a damaged car.
That's it – you can now continue sailing along your route, glad you know you may have helped other travelers avoid a delay.
Traffic incident reporting is just one of many improvements that Google has made to the Google Maps app of the past year. This month, Google has updated the app with extra detailed voice guidance to better serve the visually impaired. In the summer, Google added a speedometer to Google Maps, and before that, Google introduced incognito mode in the spring, so that you can plot and drive to any destination without leaving a paper trail.
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