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Google Maps real-time incident reports rolling out to 46 new countries starting today
Back in June, Google officially purchased Waze for $1 billion, in a move that would bring real-time traffic incident data over to Google Maps just a couple of months later.
While the initial rollout was impressively quick, it was also limited to Android and iOS users in just thirteen countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.
Fast-forwarding to today, Google is expanding the effort to 46 new countries across the globe. Although Google has yet to reveal the full list of countries, Mobile Syrup reports that the service has now gone live in Canada. Judging by the screenshot above, it’s also safe to say that Waze data will be making its way to Italy.
For those unfamiliar with how Waze’s traffic data works, basically you will now be presented with icons that reveal user-submitted traffic information. That means if a road is out of commission, you’ll know to avoid certain roadways before you accidentally stumble upon them.
Beyond that, Google Maps will also plan your course based on known delays, and can even automatically change course in order to avoid new incidents as they are reported.
So what do you need to do to get Waze real-time info on Google Maps? Nothing, other than wait for it to rollout to your country. The Waze feature doesn’t require a Google Maps update to work.
Has Waze traffic data started showing up in your Google Maps app today? If so, what country are you in?