Previously available categories-crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns-will be joined by the option to report construction sites (if you didn't get that yet), lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects blocking the road. Google has brought road incident reporting to iOS, letting you flag problems without turning to an app like Waze. That's a distraction that can easily lead to crashes. Back in January, Android users could start to report traffic jams just like on the Waze app. "This feature has been one of our most popular on Android, and we're excited to expand it to iOS", Sandra Tseng Product Manager, said Google Maps said on Thursday in a statement. For quite a while iOS users asked Google to add the ability to make calls via Siri, but the search giant probably had other priorities. Drivers will now be able to log construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road such as debris or fallen loads.
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New to both platforms, Google is adding four new kinds of traffic incidents. The update will globally available starting this week and both Android and iOS users can download it via their respective app stores.
The company first tested the ability to report collisions and speed traps on Android devices late in 2018. Meanwhile, Google has been adding functions like real-time bike sharing information, enhanced reality based directions, bus crowdedness forecasts and detection for when your taxi ride goes off route.