Waze, the crowd-sourced navigation app, and Google Maps are sharing features in order to give users the best of both apps. Google purchased Waze back in June, but rather than combine the two into one navigation service, both Waze and Google Maps will borrow important features from the other to better serve users.
Google Maps will now sync with Waze to deliver real-time traffic, incident, and hazard updates, as reported by Waze users. However, Google Maps users will not be able to report or update incidents from the app. They will have to use Waze for that.
Waze will now include Google Search for a more comprehensive search within the app. It will also feature Google Street View with satellite imagery, allowing for more accurate incident reports and map error corrections.
The updates for Google Maps and Waze are currently available to users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the U.S via updates for the respective apps on iOS and Android.