Before everyone could manage to forget about its $1Bn recent acquisition, Google has reminded the world again that it owns the Israel based mapping software company Waze. Google has announced that it has updated its mobile Google maps app for iOS and android devices that introduces Waze’s real-time incident reports.
Sourced from Waze community Google maps users will now be able to keep updated of the real time information about streets. Accidents, road closures and other traffic information will now show up in the Google map apps.
According to Google, users in the United States, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Switzerland will have access to this feature.
The benefits were however set even by Google for Wazers as well as Google users. The Waze community will now have access to Google Street View and overhead satellite imagery to “make it easier to correct map errors reported by the community.”
According to Waze, incomplete feedbacks from users in case a correction is needed in the maps – were not very helpful for the company. The integration of tools like Street View and aerial imagery “will be invaluable to not only fix the problem, but identify what the issue was in the first place. It can also help to fill in house numbers, street names, turn restrictions and other missing data.” said the company.
With Google’s this effort to further make Waze more efficient, it would not be wrong to assume that Google has no plans to shut down its two months old buyout product anytime soon. Rather, the company is working out on it to make Waze more usable in the world of real time map applications.
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