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.