Although Google purchased Waze a few years ago and has maintained Waze as a separate navigation app from Google Maps, the company has slowly been capitalizing on the purchase by porting features over. One area where Google has remained essentially hands off was on the incident reporting available in Waze. That may be starting to erode as seen in a recent update surrounding incidents displayed in Google Maps.
The update that was rolling out last week added a feature so that users can provide confirmation regarding incidents that are displayed on Google Maps. Code for this feature was spotted in recent teardowns of the app, but now it appears Google has flipped this switch. The confirmation options are yes, no or not sure.
For those who have been patiently waiting to contribute their own incident reports via Google Maps, that functionality has not yet been added. This new feature just gives one the ability to verify whether an incident still exists. This could point the way toward Google Maps finally getting this feature from Waze, especially since Google Maps already pulls some of this incident data over from Waze.
Google’s timing is good for users as well as projections are this upcoming holiday week in the U.S. may be the busiest one ever.
source: Android Police