Apple to Release Its Waze-Like Update Next Week

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Apple is putting a lot of effort into making Apple Maps a solid alternative to Google Maps, but as it turns out, the company is trying to kill two birds with one stone using the most recent updates for the app.
More specifically, Apple Maps is also going after Waze, with an upcoming software update to add incident reporting capabilities similar to those in the Google-owned app.

One of the reasons people use Waze is because it’s incredibly accurate, as it can display the location of speed traps, traffic jams, accidents, or hazards on the road in real time, all using the community as the engine powering it. Users themselves send all these reports, so in theory, you get the most accurate picture on what’s of the road ahead by just checking the Waze app.

Apple too liked this idea, so Apple Maps will receive incident reporting as well in the upcoming iOS 14.5 software update for the iPhone. The company has recently shipped the release candidate build for testers and is now projected to give the go-ahead for the public launch as soon as the next week.

Apple Maps users will be able to report accidents and speed traps on the map, but just as expected, the feature will only be available in the United States at first.

The Cupertino-based tech giant is most likely already working on expanding it to more locations, but of course, no information in this regard is available right now.

Sending a report on Apple Maps will work not only on the iPhone but on CarPlay too, and the feature will also support voice commands for hands-free interaction. In other words, Siri can do the whole thing for you, which makes perfect sense given you’ll sometimes have to send a report while driving, and taking your eyes off the road for the whole thing is a big no-no.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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