It’s a newly developed reporting feature that allows users to report accidents, hazards and speed cameras on the map, much like Waze allows you to do right now on all platforms.
So theoretically, with this update, Apple Maps, which has always been more of a rival to Google Maps instead of a Waze alternative, gets new capabilities that rely on a Crowdsourcing engine, so it should at some point be able to warn users about traffic incidents forwards.
In other words, Apple Maps is entering Waze territory, although the release of iOS 14.5 beta shows that the feature is still in its early days, and further polishing is still needed.
For example, the first time you launch Apple Maps after installing this new beta version of the operating system, Siri says that there̵
You can either use a voice command like “Hi Siri, it’s an accidentTo get the digital assistant to send the report to you or swipe up on the map in Apple Maps to reveal a new Report button that allows you to mark the location of an accident, other hazards or speed cameras.
Unlike Waze, Apple Maps does not have a more convenient reporting button at this point, but again, the feature is still in its early days, so do not be surprised if Apple plans significant improvements in the long run. As it turns out, the new feature has already come to CarPlay as well, so users can also send reports from their cars.
Currently, you can only report the three items mentioned above, while Waze also provides support for a wide range of other hazards, including holes, fog and cars parked on the road. It remains to be seen if this is a direction that Apple will also embrace for Apple Maps, but right now the Cupertino-based technology giant seems ready to build the Waze rival Google never wanted.