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Google finally adds Waze real-time traffic reports to Maps after controversial purchase

Google has provided some details on how it will integrate Waze into Google Maps.

The search giant has added real-time incident reports from the crowd-sourced traffic app Waze to its Maps apps. This means that when Waze users report accidents, construction, road closures and other incidents, the information will also appear in the Google Maps app for Android and iOS.

This feature is available to Google Maps users in the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, and the US.

"No one likes getting stuck in traffic," Google Maps vice president Brian McClendon wrote in a blog post. "That's why the Waze and Google Maps teams are working together to harness the power of Google technology and the passion of the Waze community to make it easier to navigate your daily life."

The new integration comes after Google bought Waze back in June for a reported $966 million (£628 million). Since then, the Waze product development team has been operating separately from its home base in Israel.

Meanwhile, the Waze apps are also getting two new features, courtesy of Google.

Waze for iOS and Android now feature Google Search for better results when navigating. In addition, the Waze Map Editor now includes Google Street View and satellite imagery, which should make it easier to build out the map and correct errors reported by other users.

"The entire Waze family has been hard at work since joining Google, collaborating with the Google Maps team to explore best practices and make drivers' lives easier," Waze wrote in a separate blog post.

"One of our top priorities is identifying familiar and helpful Google services that can significantly improve the experiences of both users and editors."

The Waze acquisition was thrown into doubt soon after it went through, when the Federal Trade Commission conducted an antitrust investigation of Google's move.