Being able to report incidents on the road, such as traffic jams and accidents, has been a staple of Waze owned by Google for years, but only in the last year was it introduced into the main Google Maps application, one feature at a time.
Now, according to 9to5Google the incident report has been updated in the latest version of the Android application to include traffic reduction options. Before today, you could report accidents, police checkpoints and speed cameras (to the annoyance of the authorities), but there was no option to manually enter a traffic jam for other users to see.
9to5Google notes that the feature should be implemented this week. It is not clear if it is coming for Android users or if iOS users will also get the feature at some point. Google was not immediately available to comment on the availability of the feature.
Google Maps incident reports were added for the first time in December, after the feature was detailed several times in APK strips at the beginning of the year. The function is not available to everyone, so it is not clear how extensive the implementation of a specific function will be within the incident notification function. Even so, once it arrives, Google Maps should be much more useful, thanks to the incidents reported by users along the way.