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Crowd sourced traffic data from Waze, a company that Google acquired earlier this year, is now included in the official Google Maps application for iPhone and iPad.

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The search giant announced on its official Lat Long blog on Tuesday that real time incident reports from Waze users will appear in the official Google Maps apps for both iOS and Android in the U.S. and U.K., as well as France, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Google has also updated the Waze app for iOS, as well as Android, to add Google Search functionality. Google's data now joins other search providers in being integrated into Waze.

Finally, Google also announced that the Waze Map Editor has been updated with Google Street View and satellite imagery. This will make it easier for users in the Waze community to correct map errors.Google announced it had acquired Waze, a crowd-sourced traffic and navigation service, in June.

Google announced in June that it had acquired Waze, a popular cross-platform, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation service to bolster its own Google Maps. As of April, Waze had more than 40 million people actively using its service and contributing data.

The Waze iOS application was highlighted by Apple >last year following the launch of iOS 6, when the company promoted alternative mapping applications and apologized for the substandard quality of its own Maps.

Mobile maps have become an increasingly heated space in the tech market, after Apple opted to ditch Google Maps and utilize its own data for the integrated iOS Maps application. But many users still view Apple's software as largely inferior to Google's, and Apple has responded with a number of its own key acquisitions.

Most notably, this year Apple purchased HopStop, a public transit and navigation data provider, as well as Locationary, a crowdsourced mapping data startup. The company has also been looking to improve its Maps team with a number of available positions for Maps experts.

Google, meanwhile, has been working to greater monetize users of its own mapping software on iOS, as the company rolled out new banner ads for the official Google Maps application earlier this month.
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Well, that was a pretty fast integration. Still, already deleted it from my phone though as I don't have any interest in anything from this company.

hehe, YMMV. Pun intended.
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post #3 of 76
Nice addition. Loving all of the map app competition - it's creating much better products, regardless of the one you use.
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Nice addition. Loving all of the map app competition - it's creating much better products, regardless of the one you use.

 

Yeah, I think that's the real upside to all of this.

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Apple Maps has everything I need. Google can go scroogle itself.

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I am looking forward to seeing how Apple integrates HopStop, Locationary and its own traffic aggregation technologies in Apple Maps.
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Still, already deleted it from my phone though as I don't have any interest in anything from this company.

Wow, No interest, yet you read the article and commented on it?

So do you post "this is not interesting to me" on every AI article that is not interesting to you?

That aside,

Looking forward to seeing this in operation on my next road trip.
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post #8 of 76
I'm also not interested... lol. I'm happy with apple maps and until I find some major deficiency that effects me, I don't see myself downloading the other one. That's part of giggles dilemma. Most new users will just use the default apple maps.
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I'm also not interested... lol. I'm happy with apple maps and until I find some major deficiency that effects me, I don't see myself downloading the other one. That's part of giggles dilemma. Most new users will just use the default apple maps.

Google Maps is still the third most downloaded iOS app (excluding games) right behind YouTube and Snapchat according to AppAnnie. Adding real-time incident reports like accidents and other traffic slowdowns sounds like something users of the app would appreciate doesn't it?
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 That's part of giggles dilemma. Most new users will just use the default apple maps.

 

Maybe, I don't know, but consider this. A boatload of new 5C users are likely ex-Android users who are familiar and already tied into Google ecosystem. My guess is they will try apple maps, but stay with the familiarity of google maps and the google cloud integration. I think also that the initial bad press Apple maps got is still lingering in peoples minds.

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As far as I know, Google Maps does not provide dynamic re-routing based on traffic the way Waze does. I end up using Waze for commuting, and either Apple or Google for navigating me to a new location, since Waze frequently routes me into oblivion.
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As far as I know, Google Maps does not provide dynamic re-routing based on traffic the way Waze does. I end up using Waze for commuting, and either Apple or Google for navigating me to a new location, since Waze frequently routes me into oblivion.
 

Its not automatically done when already being navigated using a particular route, however if you search for alternative routes, those are based on real time (somewhat) traffic estimates.

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Google Maps is still the third most downloaded iOS app (excluding games) right behind YouTube and Snapchat according to AppAnnie. Adding real-time incident reports like accidents and other traffic slowdowns sounds like something users of the app would appreciate doesn't it?

You truly are desperate to attempt to prop up Google in any thread you get the chance.

Which gives the impression that you think they need propping up.

You fail to mention that Apple users now have the ability to decide on, install, and use both mapping applications, something which is a vast improvement over the neglect we previously suffered when Google was the only option.

I have a good memory.

And when it comes to mapping applications, Google can get lost.
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Apple Maps has everything I need.

It has everything I need too……except for actually getting me to my destination.
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Its not automatically done when already being navigated using a particular route, however if you search for alternative routes, those are based on real time (somewhat) traffic estimates.

It's automatic on Android, so potentially it will come to IOS soon.

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Well, that was a pretty fast integration. Still, already deleted it from my phone though as I don't have any interest in anything from this company.

hehe, YMMV. Pun intended.

Never mind if it's good or useful. Just spite yourself on principle. Good idea.
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Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post
Looking forward to seeing this in operation on my next road trip.

 

I'm looking forward to writing scripts that automatically report random accidents, artificially ruining everyone's travel times who use Google Maps. Because that's what you get when you "crowdsource" anything. 

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I find the police/accident/objects on road reporting feature in Waze invaluable. Would really like to see something like that in the iOS Maps app.

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I'm looking forward to writing scripts that automatically report random accidents, artificially ruining everyone's travel times who use Google Maps. Because that's what you get when you "crowdsource" anything. 

I wouldn't have expected any less. Good luck with that.

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It has everything I need too……except for actually getting me to my destination.

Where do you want to go? In the UK I have found Apple Maps to be really reliable for both car and walking routes.
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I'm looking forward to writing scripts that automatically report random accidents, artificially ruining everyone's travel times who use Google Maps. Because that's what you get when you "crowdsource" anything. 

Isn't Apple planning to crowdsource map error reporting and correction in iOS7? 1hmm.gif
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Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post
Isn't Apple planning to crowdsource map error reporting and correction in iOS7? 1hmm.gif

 

Of course. I'm glad someone mentioned that. That's inherently different, though. All you have to do with Waze is tell them what the problem is and they'll put it up. With Apple, they wait for a significant number of identical (or near identical) reports before looking into the change themselves. THEN putting it up.

 

By what I'm seeing, Waze is basically Twitter for vehicular disasters. No pun intended that Twitter causes vehicular disasters.

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I'm looking forward to writing scripts that automatically report random accidents, artificially ruining everyone's travel times who use Google Maps. Because that's what you get when you "crowdsource" anything. 

Isn't Apple planning to crowdsource map error reporting and correction in iOS7? 1hmm.gif

I think he means that "crowdsource" on Waze is actively reported by users, and therefore inaccurate (since it's reported by people). The crowdsourcing in iOS is being done by iOS, not people, and therefore more precise. This is key to understanding why Google creates mediocre software apps, and Apple goes out of there way to create something useful. To boot; it shows how little the pro-Google crowd actually understands any of Apples motives to do something right.
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By what I'm seeing, Waze is basically Twitter for vehicular disasters. No pun intended that Twitter causes vehicular disasters.

"Can I call you back later; I just ran over a cyclist"
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I think he means that "crowdsource" on Waze is actively reported by users, and therefore inaccurate (since it's reported by people). The crowdsourcing in iOS is being done by iOS, not people, and therefore more precise. This is key to understanding why Google creates mediocre software apps, and Apple goes out of there way to create something useful. To boot; it shows how little the pro-Google crowd actually understands any of Apples motives to do something right.

You've assumed I don't understand any of the motives in user location tracking, or referring to "others" instead?
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I'm looking forward to writing scripts that automatically report random accidents, artificially ruining everyone's travel times who use Google Maps. Because that's what you get when you "crowdsource" anything. 


Pretty despicable behavior to try to ruin people's day because you are unhappy with something. Maybe you can get some jollies by chucking some liquid onto the laptop keyboards at the Apple store. Woohoo, bad behavior day.

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Pretty despicable behavior to try to ruin people's day because you are unhappy with something.

 

Geezaloo, was a sarcasm tag really needed? I'm not going to do it, but it could be done.


Maybe you can get some jollies by chucking some liquid onto the laptop keyboards at the Apple store.

 

Uh, I'd be doing that at the Samsung section of the store… The idea is to sabotage Google/competitors.

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"Can I call you back later; I just ran over a cyclist"

That's what you get driving when using Google Maps on Google Glass.
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That's what you get driving when using Google Maps on Google Glass.

Since you mentioned it Mercedes is working on actively incorporating Google Glass with some of their automotive features. They've already demonstrated it can be done.
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/08/google-glass-mercedes-benz/

Personally I'm looking forward to some of the upcoming changes and improvements in the automotive experience from Apple and Google and the manufacturers themselves.
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Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post
Since you mentioned it Mercedes is working on actively incorporating Google Glass with some of their automotive features. They've already demonstrated it can be done.
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/08/google-glass-mercedes-benz/

 

Not that it matters much, since Glass is going to be illegal to wear while driving.

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You fail to mention that Apple users now have the ability to decide on, install, and use both mapping applications, something which is a vast improvement over the neglect we previously suffered when Google was the only option.
 

 

Even when Google maps was the default, other mapping apps can be installed and used. I personally had Waze, mapquest and another one (which does offline mapping, not able to recollect the name). Not sure what you are referring to. 

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Geezaloo, was a sarcasm tag really needed? I'm not going to do it, but it could be done.

 

Uh, I'd be doing that at the Samsung section of the store… The idea is to sabotage Google/competitors.


You don't need to pretend it is sarcasm. It's online here so nobody will really know it's you.

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You don't need to pretend it is sarcasm.

 

Therefore why would I pretend at all? Come off it.

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I love Apple maps. I use it every day and it is so much better than the built in nav system on my realtor's Lexus!! It is much better at locating obscure country addresses and getting there efficiently. I would also love to be able to report accidents/traffic realtime to Apple and I would love to be able to select a route and get info on it, but at the moment, where I live, Apple does a great job of reporting traffic, construction, accidents etc. I love the turn by turn directions and I also love that they are constantly improving the performance of the app to be better than the competition. I have the new google maps app but I don't like it. I don't like the graphics, the UI, the ads and the mapping information is not always reliable. The original google maps app for iOS 5 was great (except the glaring omission of no turn by turn directions) but the new google maps is terrible in comparison to both Apple maps and the old google maps. So for me this app is a waste of space.

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Since you mentioned it Mercedes is working on actively incorporating Google Glass with some of their automotive features. They've already demonstrated it can be done.
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/08/google-glass-mercedes-benz/

Personally I'm looking forward to some of the upcoming changes and improvements in the automotive experience from Apple and Google and the manufacturers themselves.

What an opportunity for Google. I can hear the adverts now - "At the next left, turn into McDonalds. Continue for 150 yards to Starbucks."
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Not that it matters much, since Glass is going to be illegal to wear while driving.

It's all going that way. 

 

According to the Huffington Post, the best way to get out of a ticket for using your smartphone while driving is to tell the officer that you needed its map program to get directions. But that excuse will no longer work in California. An appeals court has held that any hands-on use of a phone violates California’s texting-while-driving statute — including using your phone as a GPS. - See more at: http://www.mjmandel.com/2013/07/29/california-judge-rules-smartphone-map-use-while-driving-is-illegal/#sthash.Ej3ldJ8a.dpuf

 

Which means bye bye Siri!

 

To talk to Siri, hold down the Home button and you’ll hear two quick beeps and see “What can I help you with?” on the screen. Just begin speaking. The microphone icon lights up to let you know that Siri hears you talking. Once you’ve started a dialogue with Siri, tap the microphone icon to talk to it again.

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Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post

Which means bye bye Siri!

 

Sure does¡ 1oyvey.gif

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Sure does¡ 1oyvey.gif

Don't worry it will get banned.

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What an opportunity for Google. I can hear the adverts now - "At the next left, turn into McDonalds. Continue for 150 yards to Starbucks."

I guess you missed the AI article that just posted..

Apple's iTunes Radio attracts ads from major brands like McDonald's, Nissan & Pepsi

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Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post
Don't worry it will get banned.

 

An actual, physical feature OF the car will get banned? Listen to yourself. Next you'll say it will be illegal to look at your dashboard while driving.

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