Apple Maps Adds Accidents, Speed Traps and Hazards Features In iOS 14.5
Apple is bringing accident, hazard, and speed check reporting to Apple Maps. The feature is currently only available to users with the iOS 14.5 beta, and is similar to user-reporting features found in Waze and Google Maps.
When you input an address, select a route, and then choose “Go,” Siri lets you know that you can report accidents or hazards that you see along the way.
If you swipe up on the Apple Maps interface where maps details are available, you can tap on a “Report” button that lets you flag an accident, a hazard, or a speed check, similar to other mapping apps like Waze. Tapping automatically flags your location with no confirmation window, so it shouldn’t be used except in a valid situation.
You can also say “Hey Siri, there’s an accident” and Siri will send in a report to Apple Maps, and presumably, if enough people file reports, an accident site will show up in the maps app through the crowdsourcing. This is available in the United States in a test capacity at the current time, and it’s not yet clear if it’s also showing up in other countries.