Apple Maps vs. Waze

Matthew Panzarino is this week’s guest on The Talk Show, and the article he wrote about Apple Maps I linked to earlier is the main subject. Panzarino mentioned that Apple feels that its new traffic data is going to “do a better job than Waze, or just as good”.

Again, the reason people use Waze isn’t just that its routing information is different (arguably better) that Google Maps, but that it also allows users to tag accidents, police, and other ephemeral on-road events. That’s what they need to aim for, but I doubt that they will. Apple tends to want its apps to be as simple to use as possible, and there’s no doubt that this kind of reporting makes things more complicated. Unless they let you just say, “Hey Siri, there’s a cop”, I can’t see this being in the app.

They might be inclined to figure out how to route you based on what kind of vehicle you’re driving, such as one that’s allowed in the HOV lane, or a motorcycle, for instance.