Google Maps Mobile Users Can Now Get Waze Traffic Reports
Google Maps for Mobile now integrates Waze community-reported traffic conditions in the United States and a dozen more countries.Google has integrated Waze community-reported, real-time traffic reports into the mobile versions of Google Maps, just two months after Google acquired Waze in June 2013. "No one likes getting stuck in traffic. That's why the Waze and Google Maps teams are working together to harness the power of Google technology and the passion of the Waze community to make it easier to navigate your daily life," wrote Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps, in an Aug. 20 post on the Google Lat Long Blog. "Users of Google Maps for Mobile will now benefit from real time incident reports from Waze users," McClendon continued. "This means when Wazers [as Waze users are affectionately known] report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, U.K. and the U.S." As part of the integration of the two products, Waze users will also gain new features through the latest updates, including the availability of built-in Google Search in the Android and iOS versions of the app, according to McClendon's post. "Wazers will now have access to even more search results when navigating," he wrote. The search functions can help users find more information about their destination using Waze and Google Maps mobile apps.
"In addition, after a successful beta test, the Waze Map Editor now includes Google Street View and satellite imagery to build out the map and make it easier to correct map errors reported by the community," wrote McClendon. "We're excited about today's updates and will continue to bring together the best of Google Maps and Waze."