Not only does traffic coverage for the first time be available for iPhones, Google also adds the ability to report four new types of incidents on both the iPhone and Android: construction work, road closures, disabled vehicles and Objects on the street (like fallen branches or furniture that fell from the back of the truck).
Along with crashes, speeding, and slowdowns, Google Maps users have seven options when reporting slow traffic flow to the app. Google uses this information along with traffic speed and other data to determine in real time where slowdowns are occurring and to redirect drivers who may experience a delay.
So you can add your observations to the Google Maps app so other drivers will not notice any delay, whether you're on an iPhone, iPad (325 USD at Walmart) or an Android phone or Navigate the tablet. However, before you submit your first report, make sure you have the latest Google Maps update (version 5.29 or later on iOS, 10.27.3 or later on Android).
How to report traffic jams in Google Maps
Once you have the latest Google Maps update installed, the rest is a breeze.
1. Open Google Maps and plot a route.
2. You can see four more buttons under the microphone symbol in the upper right corner: Search Mute (loudspeaker symbol) Compass lock (the compass needle) and finally the button for reporting traffic jams (a dropped position pin with a + sign in it). Touch the Location PIN icon .
3. In the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen, tap the type of road hazard you want to report.
4. You have about three seconds to change your mind, or you can tap Confirm to stop the timer and submit the report immediately.
5. Now you see a warning message on the map, which is attached to your location. An icon for the problem and a number indicating how many people reported it. For example, if you are the first person to report a car accident, a "damaged car" icon will be displayed next to "1 reported".
That's it – now you can continue on your route and are glad to know that you may have helped other travelers to avoid delays.
Reporting traffic jams is just one of many incremental improvements that Google has made to the Google Maps app over the past year. Just this month, Google has updated the app with detailed voice guidance to better serve the visually impaired. Over the summer, Google has added a speedometer to Google Maps. Previously, Google introduced incognito mode in the spring, allowing you to plan and get to any destination without leaving any marks on the paper.
Originally published last week.