Google acquired Waze just a few months ago, and since the acquisition, we haven’t heard a peep regarding the service from either Google or Waze. That is, until today as Google Maps users will finally be seeing the fruits of the acquisition for themselves.
Google has rolled out realtime incident reports to its Google Maps application on both iOS and Android which alerts users to accidents, construction zones, road closures and other inconveniences that would delay your trip if you were to come across them. The realtime incident reports of course is sourced from the Waze community and will be available to Google Maps users in the U.S., U.K. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Switzerland.
Google isn’t the only company that is benefitting from the acquisition of Waze as they also have upgraded their web-based map editor to include Google Street View as well as overhead satellite imagery in order to help build out their map as well as make it easier to correct map errors which are reported by their community. Hopefully the next update to Google Maps will include the ability to better interact with Waze from directly in the app as we’re sure many users would like to report what they see on the road instantly.