A new partnership between Apple Maps and a new road-monitoring service promises to make your journeys even more secure, as even the company’s top executives admitted that the app was an embarrassment in its infancy. With this new partnership, the Safety Cloud digital alerting technology from HAAS Alert will be integrated into Apple Maps. The mission of the company is to “improve the safety and intelligence of automobiles and the roads they travel on.”
As HAAS Alert points out, Apple Maps is “one of the most widely used mapping, navigation, and traffic solutions in the world,” which is understandable given that it is pre-installed on every iPhone. In the beginning, users may have preferred Google Maps, but Apple Maps had already surpassed Google Maps by the end of 2015, and with each new iOS update, there have been fewer reasons for iPhone users to choose any other mapping app.
In fact, Waze users have had access to Safety Cloud since it launched in 2017, but its inclusion in Apple Maps means that drivers will now be able to receive real-time notifications and information about approaching emergency vehicles, incident responders, work zones, and other road hazards in addition to those already available through Waze.
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The App Store is now overrun with the same old repetitive garbage. Remove all but six of your current iPhone apps, and you’ll be good to go in 2022. Apple is quickly catching up to rivals like Waze when it comes to reporting things like road hazards. iOS 14.5 added support for user-reported accidents, speed checks, and other hazards, and it works exceptionally well. Siri lets you report incidents without taking your hands off the wheel. You’ll also be asked to confirm the status of any hazards that have been reported by other users as you approach them, according to Apple Maps.
It is more likely that reports of accidents and hazards will appear on your iPhone or CarPlay screen when using Apple Maps thanks to the participation of over 1,200 organizations, including public safety agencies, roadside assistance fleets, tow truck operators, and roadworkers. According to HAAS Alert, a number of emergency vehicles, telematics systems, and traffic management platforms have already been integrated with Safety Cloud to provide automatic alerts. There is no need for an emergency responder to press a button in this case; Safety Cloud is automatically notified and updated.
Since then, the majority of that has focused on user-reported hazards. Crowdsourcing is great when people work together, but it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks if drivers don’t want to spend the time necessary to identify them. There’s an app for that: the HAAS Alert Safety Cloud.
In studies conducted by Purdue University and the University of Minnesota, roadway hazard alerts have been shown to reduce crashes by up to 90% near roadside incidents, according to the company’s announcement. Drivers can safely slow down and proceed with caution if they are aware of what’s ahead. It’s also thought to cut down on hard braking by as much as 80%, which is something your car will appreciate.
This new partnership between Safety Cloud and Apple Maps means that drivers using an iPhone as a travel companion will now be safer and better informed of the conditions on the road ahead. We applaud Apple for prioritising driver safety and taking steps to achieve Vision Zero’s goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. HAAS Alert Connected Vehicle SVP, Jeremy Agulnek,
In the meantime, it’s not clear if the partnership between Apple Maps and Safety Cloud will be extended to countries outside the United States, or even if the alerts from Safety Cloud will be shown differently from user-reported hazards. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter how a hazard was reported, but rather how it was discovered.