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Waze adds ability to request roadside help to fellow Waze users
The latest Waze update brings a nifty new feature: you can now request roadside help to fellow Waze users in case of emergency.
The Google-owned navigation app is similar to Google Maps but offers up-to-date traffic information like accidents, road hazards, and police sightings based on user reports. While it’s always been a fantastic app – at least in my experience – with the latest update, it’s about to get even better.
The latest version of Waze adds an extra button under “Send a report”: roadside help. If you have a flat tyre or are out of gas, you can click that to request help to fellow Waze users. Of course, the ability to ask for help doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will get help, and you should always proceed with caution when dealing with strangers, but it’s nice to have the option there. The update also brings minor improvements as well as bug fixes according to the official changelog.
Whether the new roadside help will make it to the Android Auto app remains unclear.
It looks like Google is differentiating Waze and Google Maps by adding driving-specific features to Waze all the while diversifying Google Maps to be more business-friendly. After all, Waze began its carpooling service in California a couple of months ago and officially launched the Waze for Android Auto app just last month. Whether the new roadside help will make it to the Android Auto app remains unclear, but it should be rolling out via a server-side update to your mobile app over the next few days. To download Waze, click the link below:
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