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Incident reporting seems to be popping up in Google Maps for Android

So this is how Waze dies.

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Google Maps has been getting a lot of updates as of late. Just a week ago, the app started displaying your speed and upcoming speed traps. They rolled out Google Assistant into it. For some reason, you can messages businesses directly from the Google Maps app. Heck, they even rolled out a commute tab that lets you listen to music and podcasts while you’re getting directions.

Man, the hits keep on coming.

But honestly, what folks really want from Google Maps is more Waze-like features. One feature, in particular, is incident reporting. Well, it looks like Google is finally adding this ability, as one Reddit user points out.

Reddit user oldkingcoles shared an image where he came across a feature where he was able to report road incidents like car accidents and speed traps. As you can see in the image below, there’s “+” icon that lets users report incidents.

Check it out:

Google maps waze like incident report

Image: u/oldkingcoles / Reddit

For now, it seems like there are only two types of incidents users can report. These include car crashes and speed traps. Additionally, you can see the speed limit on the left side of the screenshot, which is something we previously reported here.

Should Google Maps users expect to see this new incident reporting feature anytime soon? Honestly, we have no clue. From what we can tell, this seems to be something Google is testing, and it should probably be worth mentioning they’re only testing this for Android users at this time. No word yet if iOS users have seen this pop up in their app.

Either way, it would be a great idea for Google to roll this out asap. I mean, things like this are what made Waze so popular with drivers across the country. However, if Google plans to roll this out, they have to include other notifications like police sightings, roadblocks, and road closures. Like c’mon, Google owns Waze, why can’t they just port the features over to Google Maps?

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