The new feature is currently only available on the new iOS 14.5 beta with the feature probably making it to older versions later on when there is a stable release of the next-gen iOS software.
The feature works by allowing a user to click on the Report button right at the bottom tray where they’re able to select the kind of situation they are in.
There is also the integration into Siri which allow you to use the app by simply making a command like “There is something on the road. A report from MacRumor has it that user interface can be accessed via the Apple Carplay version of Maps, too.
The feature is common on mainstream maps applications and services and Waze can be credited as being the company that made it popular before big tech companies like Google picked it up and integrated this feature to its G Maps.
With Apple joining the existing companies who have integrated this feature, the feature on the iOS is still limited in terms of features unlike Google which integrated its own back in 2019.
There is one strange thing to point out with Apple’s version, and it has nothing to do with the fact that the feature is in beta. You may have noticed in the Google Maps screenshot that Apple’s and Google’s icons for accidents and speed traps look very similar. Here are Apple’s again for comparison:
You might just say It’s good to copy the best which Google has exceled in over the period of many years with its Maps service which is being used by majority of car hailing services like Uber, Bolt and many other ride hailing services across the globe.