Waze-Inspired Apple Maps Is the Navigation App Android Auto, CarPlay Need

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Photo: reddit user The_Arrowverse
The Google-owned Waze is currently one of the most popular navigation apps on Android, iPhone, Android Auto, and CarPlay, and what sets it apart from the rest of the crowd is the community-driven reporting system.
Users can send reports for a wide variety of events, including accidents, traffic jams, vehicles stopped on the road, speed traps, and potholes, and all of these help the app generate a faster route to a defined destination.

Currently used by millions to beat the crowded traffic especially in large cities, Waze is often the preferred choice over Google Maps and Apple Maps. But someone on reddit has come up with an idea that could be rather bad news for Google: an Apple Maps update with a similar reporting system.

Basically, what this concept proposes is a Waze-inspired reporting feature for Apple Maps that would allow users to contribute to real-time traffic data displayed within the app.

The mockups that were posted online envision a reporting button for things like traffic, police, crashes, hazards, gas prices, and road closures, with Apple Maps then being able to generate a faster route to a specific destination using all this information.

While the concept still needs additional improvements in terms of UI and UX (for example, the reporting menu itself uses buttons that are too small to be used with touch while driving), it’s an idea that would certainly help Apple improve its mapping service even further.

Earlier this year, Apple rolled out a massive Apple Maps update in an attempt to compete against Google, whose Google Maps is now the preferred choice on both mobile platforms. Apple is now offering a bunch of exclusive driving tools, including stoplight and stop sign warnings when navigating with Apple Maps.

Of course, such a community-driven approach doesn’t come down to just an app update, as it also involves an additional infrastructure overhaul, so you’d better not hold your breath for anything like this to happen too soon.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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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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