How to Report Speed Traps & Other Incidents in Google Maps

Since Google’s acquisition of the crowdsourced navigation app Waze, many of its popular features have made their way to Google Maps. Users navigating with the Google Maps app can now report traffic incidents like speed traps, congestion, construction, objects in the road, and other traffic incidents.

Like Waze, Google uses these reports to send traffic alerts to other users navigating with Google Maps. Traffic alerts will appear on-screen as you approach the reported incident and are also read aloud if voice navigation is enabled. To keep reports accurate, users also have the option to confirm the validity of the alerts they receive.

In this article, we’ll show you how to report traffic incidents in the Google Maps app on your Android / iPhone.

Please only attempt these instructions if you are in a safe position to do so. Using your phone, even to report traffic incidents, can create a dangerous situation for yourself and others on the road. If you can, pass the phone to a passenger!

How to Report Speed Traps & Other Traffic Incidents in Google Maps

To report traffic incidents like speed traps in Google Maps, you first need to tap the Speech bubble icon during navigation. You will then see a list of all the available traffic reports you’re able to make. Tap the type of report you wish to make. Here’s how, step-by-step:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android / iOS device and begin navigating.
  2. Tap the Speech bubble at the right of your screen.
    Google Maps Mobile App Speed Bubble Add Traffic Report Icon
  3. In the Add a report menu that appears, tap the type of incident you’d like to report. Depending on your location, these options may be different. For example, U.S. users will see “Speed trap” while those in the U.K. will see “Mobile speed camera”.
    Google Maps Mobile App Add a Report Menu
  4. In a few seconds, Google Maps will receive your report. This is your chance to tap Undo if you accidentally chose the wrong type of report in the previous menu.
    Google Maps Mobile App Undo Button on Adding Report Screen

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