Google Maps adds Waze traffic reports

The mobile versions of Google Maps now blend in traffic data from Waze, while Waze users gain Google Street View and satellite images.

Waze with Google Street View
Waze now features Google Street View and satellite imagery. Google
Google Maps now includes Waze traffic reports.
Google Maps now includes Waze traffic reports. Google

Google Maps users can now get help avoiding traffic jams and mishaps courtesy of Waze.

The iOS and Android versions of Google Maps now incorporate real-time traffic reports from Waze users.

Waze, which Google bought in June specifically to improve its mapping service , taps into crowdsourcing to compile traffic updates reported by its 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," Google said in a blog posted Tuesday.

The hook-up with Google benefits Waze users as well.

Google Search is now part of the iOS and Android versions of Waze, giving users more search results. The Waze Map Editor has added Google Street View and satellite images to help people create more accurate maps.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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