Google may add some of the popular features of Waze to the Maps app.
The search giant is currently testing a feature that allows users to report collisions and speed checks, according to Android Police.
Up to now, the functions seem to appear only for a small number of users.
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Google Maps is reportedly testing a report button for collisions and speed checks. When users click the report button, they are given the option to add a report for a collision or a speed check site hotspots assuming that the police are taking over large numbers of drivers.
However, it is unclear when the features will be rolled out to all Google Maps users.
Mail Online contacted Google for comments.
Reports from Google Maps that tested the features because several Reddit users saw a notification button in the app last week.
When users click the Report button, they are given the option to add a report for a collision or a speed check site. Hotspots where the police think they are taking over large numbers of drivers.
These features are available at Waze, a crowd-sourced navigation app acquired by Google in 2013, for some time.
The data provided by the user distinguish Waze from other navigation apps and have contributed in part to the fact that it has received such a large number of followers.
Up to now, the live reporting functions seem to appear only for a small number of users. However, it is unclear when the features will be rolled out to all Google Maps users
It makes sense to add these features to Maps, especially given the increasing attention from Google for personalization in the app.
Last month, Google Maps launched a commute tab with live traffic and transit information, as well as updates about delays or disruptions on your daily route.
The new pendulum tab is located in the toolbar at the bottom of the Google Maps app, between the & # 39; Explore & # 39; and & # 39; For you & # 39 ;.
Users can view an hourly breakdown that predicts how stuck their route will be, along with suggestions for alternative routes that may be faster.
Android users also receive notifications about delays or disruptions directly on their smartphone, so they can be aware of an incident before you get caught up in the delay & # 39 ;, the company added.
The function offers support for different types of commuter traffic, including walking, driving or mass transport.
WHAT NAVIGATION APP IS THE MOST EFFICIENT?
Blogger Artur Grabowski collected data from 120 trips since the beginning of 2017.
He measured his activity on Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze to determine which navigation service his users quickly brought to their destination.
For each trip, he randomly selected an app to use and record this data in each journey:
Grabowski collected a dataset (photo) based on 120 trips that were made via Apple Maps, Waze and Google Maps since the beginning of 2017
- Which app is randomly chosen to follow for each trip (Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze)
- Estimated driving time for each app
- Departure and arrival time
- Traffic conditions (ie work commutes hours or not)
- Weather conditions (ie rain or not)
- Driving type (i.e.> 75% city,> 75% highway or mixed)
Based on these data he mapped how often each app offered a slower / faster travel time.
He has also measured how often the app has brought users to their destination in time, and if not, how often users arrived at their destination later than expected.
After this he combined the estimated travel times with estimation errors to arrive at an estimated travel time for errors.
This figure has determined its most important question: which navigation app will take you to your destination the fastest?
Based on his results, he has determined that Google Maps reaches users at their destination the fastest.