With the latest release of Google Maps 7.0 for Android, Google also added incident info which it got so far from public sources. That's indeed very useful, since you might want to know why a road has traffic jam and appears in either orange, red or even black. However, today Google announced the next stage incident information. Following Google's earlier takeover of Waze, Google Maps for Mobile users will now benefit from real time incident reports from Waze users. This means when Wazers 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, UK and the US.
The other way around, the Waze community will also benefit from the takeover by two new Google features Google features which will come to Waze. First, the Android and iOS versions of the app have been updated with Google Search. Wazers will now have access to even more search results when navigating. Google Search joins other search providers making it easy to find favorite businesses and any local address.
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.
Cheers ~ Arne