Google Maps incident reporting is increasingly useless | Phones

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Using a navigation app when out on the road is what just about everyone does nowadays, but these apps are useful for more than just getting directions from point A to point B. Google Maps has supported incident reporting for quite some time, but as we keep moving forward, the feature is becoming essentially useless due to neglect.


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Google Maps first introduced support for incident reports back in 2019. The feature allows users to report speed traps and accidents, and quickly expanded to include more incidents and obstructions including construction, lane closures, and more. With Maps being one of the most-used apps out there, it’s an incredibly useful idea!

But, almost five years later, the feature just feels like it’s been wasting away.

With incident reporting in Google Maps, users can send in these reports while they’re navigating on the road from a little menu attached to the right side of the display. It’s quick and easy, but it only works from your phone’s display. If you’re using the phone to display your navigation, you’ve got quick and easy access, but that’s becoming increasingly frustrating.

As we move forward and more and more folks get new vehicles, Android Auto and CarPlay are commonplace on the road. These systems bring the crucial apps from our smartphones onto the car’s display, where they’re generally safer to use and easier to see. But Google Maps, for whatever reason,…

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