How to report traffic incidents, hazards, and speed checks in Apple Maps on your iPhone

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How to report traffic incidents, hazards, and speed checks in Apple Maps on your iPhone
iOS 14.5 gives iPhone users the ability to can report a traffic incident in Apple Maps.Biz Jones/Getty Images
  • To report a traffic incident in Maps on your iPhone, open the bottom menu on the map screen and tap the Report icon.
  • The Maps app's Report option lets you flag traffic accidents, driving hazards, and speed traps.
  • You'll need to update your iPhone to iOS 14.5 or newer to use Maps' reporting features.

Apple's Maps app now lets users report hazards on a travel route. This new tool is a long-awaited feature for iPhone users, who previously had to navigate with third-party apps like Waze in order to self-report traffic incidents.

The crowd-sourced feature lets Apple Maps users report car accidents, road hazards, and speed checks along their route. These reports will then be sent to Apple, and if enough reports are made, they'll be shown on the map to all users.

To use the self-reporting tool, you'll need to update your iPhone to iOS 14.5 or newer, and be actively navigating by car.

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How to report traffic incidents in Maps on your iPhone

  1. Update your iPhone to iOS 14.5 if you haven't.
  2. Open the Apple Maps app.
  3. Type in your destination and tap "Directions."

    How to report traffic incidents, hazards, and speed checks in Apple Maps on your iPhone
    Tap on Directions after entering an address into Apple Maps.Sophie Putka/Insider
  4. Now select "Go" on a route option to begin your trip. Make sure to specify that you're traveling by car.

    How to report traffic incidents, hazards, and speed checks in Apple Maps on your iPhone
    Tap Go to start navigating in Apple Maps.Sophie Putka/Insider
  5. Along the way, if you see a hazard, accident or speed check, tap the grey arrow on the bottom-right of the screen to pull up a menu of options.
  6. Tap "Report," which looks like a speech bubble with an exclamation mark.

    How to report traffic incidents, hazards, and speed checks in Apple Maps on your iPhone
    Tap on the Report icon to flag a traffic incident for other Apple Maps users.Sophie Putka/Insider
  7. Now choose between "Accident," "Hazard," or "Speed Check" to report an incident at this location.

    How to report traffic incidents, hazards, and speed checks in Apple Maps on your iPhone
    Choose between reporting an accident, hazard, or speech check in Apple Maps.Sophie Putka/Insider

Important: You should refrain from using devices while driving to avoid potential accidents. Consider pulling over and reporting the incident in-app with your iPhone, having a passenger do it, or going hands free with Siri by saying "Hey Siri, report an accident."

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