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Crowdsourced traffic incident reports have been a major feature of Waze and Google Maps for years. Looks like this feature will be finally making its way to Apple Maps. According to Roadshow, the iOS 14.5 beta update allows Apple Maps to allow users report incidents that happened on the road.
In the current version, the feature offers limited on-screen controls. From the image below pulled from MacRumors, you can see that the feature gives you the ability to flag roadblocks as an accident, hazard or speed check.
The functionality of this feature is limited in Apple Maps as compared to that of Waze and Google Maps. In Waze and Google Maps there are additional features dedicated to lane closures, construction and more.
However, the odds of people leaving Google Map and replacing it with Apple Map hangs at a balance with a new feature added by apple. This new feature allows you to access the Crowdsourced traffic incident report feature without touching your phone. Apple Map allows you to speak to Siri when you notice a new incident or an incident that has already been cleared. With this amazing feature, you access Crowdsourced traffic incident report feature without taking your hands off the wheel.
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At a time when distracted driving is a critical issue being tackled by governments globally, the Siri integration with Apple Map gives Apple a significant edge over Waze and Google Maps. This feature is also compatible with Apple CarPlay.
Other Cool Features Of iOS 14.5
Aside from the crowdsourced incident reporting for Maps, the iOS 14.5 sports other amazing features that will wow! iPhone users. The iOS 14.5 comes with a feature that allows users to unlock their iPhones with Face ID while wearing a mask. This feature can only work if the iPhone user owns an Apple watch and has it on his/her hand at that moment. It also includes support for Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 controllers and dual-SIM 5G. it will also allow you to set a third-party service Siri will work with by default when you ask the digital assistant to play music.