In early June Google that they were intending to buy Waze for US$1.3 billion and now residents of some countries are starting to see why.
Google maps is beginning to integrate the real time incident reporting, including traffic incidents, roadworks, construction and road closures – sourced from the Waze community or ‘Wazers’ into Google Maps navigation.
At this stage the updates have been rolled out to users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, USA, UK and Switzerland.
There has been no mention of the functionality rolling out to Australia on the Google LatLong Blog which announced the update, but given that Waze is actually available here, it’s likely that we could see this functionality available here at some stage in the future.
How often do you use Google Maps? Would you use it more if this service was available in Australia?