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Apple Maps gains crowdsourced accidents feature and others in iOS 14.5 beta

There are several navigation apps available for smartphone users on the Apple iOS platform. Among the most popular are Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze. one of the reasons why Waze is so popular is because it was the first to add some interesting features, such as the ability for individual users to report accidents, hazards and mobile radar along its path. Apple Maps is now gaining similar features in the latest version of the iOS 14.5 beta application.

Currently, iOS 14.5 beta is available to developers and public beta testers. In the beta version of Apple Maps, there is now the ability to report accidents, hazards and speed cameras and speed cameras along the route while getting directions. A pop-up will appear on the screen, allowing users to report accidents, hazards and speed checks.

Access to controls for reporting problems along the route is done by sliding upwards on the map interface, where map details are available. There is then a Report button that opens the three buttons to report different incidents along the route. When one of the three buttons within that area is touched, it automatically signals the location without a confirmation window.

Users can also take advantage of Siri by saying, “Hey, Siri, there’s an accident,” and Apple’s voice assistant will report to Apple Maps. The assumption is that multiple users will have to report an incident before it is marked on the map through crowdsourcing.

Currently, the new features are only available in the U.S. in the beta version of iOS. There is no confirmation as to whether the feature will be implemented in other countries, but there is a good chance that it will.

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