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Google Maps and Waze start exchanging data for live reports of traffic, accidents, and road closures


News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday August 20, 2013.

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Google said that it would "outsmart traffic" once it purchased Waze last month, and the company has already begun showcasing the fruits of those labors with an update to the Google Maps app for Android and iOS. Google Maps now shows live information from Waze for traffic delays, accident reports, construction, and road closures. The warnings appear along a traffic route, so seeing a major accident on the highway might inspire someone to select an alternate route in order to avoid being caught up in a traffic jam.

Waze rose to popularity thanks to its early gamification of mapmaking and showing these traffic reports. Now Google Maps users in the following countries will be able to access the same information: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.

Google reciprocates Waze by adding its own information to the app. Waze users will now be able to search with Google in addition to Foursquare and Yelp when looking for a business or address. They will also be able to access Google Street View within the Waze Map Editor. Waze lets users correct map errors and misplaced points online, so the ability to see overhead satellite imagery and street-level photographs of an area should make it easier to spot where the mistakes are made.

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