By Russell Holly Feb. 4, 2014 12:11 pm
Despite naysayers the world over swearing that the app was going to cause accidents left and right, Waze gained popularity everywhere it was available by offering compelling crowdsourced features that couldn’t be found anywhere else. The gamified navigation service excelled at making your route safer, but also faster whenever possible. The ability to intelligently reroute users in the event of a traffic accident or other significant delays made the app invaluable to those who used it. After Google absorbed Waze last year it was obvious that this was going to be one of the first features to find its way onto Google Maps, and now that day has come.
Both Android and iOS versions of Google Maps have been updated to support dynamic rerouting. If you’re using the navigation feature in Google Maps and a faster route becomes available, you’ll get a pop up on the bottom of the screen inviting you to take that option. If you choose to ignore that faster route, the message will go away after 30 seconds. If you choose to accept the invitation, you just need to tap the screen and the route will change. Google’s implementation of Waze tech is likely to be significantly improved due to the sheer volume of Google Maps users in concert with their impressive neural networking tech, which will be better for everyone using the service.