Got Apple Maps? Of course, you do. Maps is standard fare on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Maps is the second most used mapping system in the world (Google Maps is #1, thanks to Android; it’s #2 on iOS and iPadOS). Maps has improved in recent years but remain in a feature war with Google’s Maps.
That’s good. A little competition breeds better products. That said, I came up with a few features that Apple might be able to crowdsource into Maps to make it even better.
There are enough iPhone customers in the wild that Apple can grab data about surroundings and use it to help current users and customers (remember; to Google, you are a user, but to Apple, you are a customer).
First, how about something like Light Mode. No, not the opposite of Dark Mode on iOS, iPadOS, or macOS. Apple is scouring the country taking photos of streets and mapping out the details and details include bus stops, train stops, and street lights. Not stoplights. Street lights.
Some streets are darker than others and it might be useful if Siri could say something like, “Joss, are you sure you want to go down this street? It’s very, very dark, and might be dangerous.”
See? Cool feature, right?
Second, how about a Maps feature that tells users to avoid areas with higher crime rates. Combine that information with daylight vs. nighttime, and Siri could flag us down with “Joss, are you sure you want to be in this neighborhood? The crime rate is high and might be dangerous.”
Hey, you gotta love a personal talking assistant that has your back, right?
If memory serves me correctly, Waze has a feature that identifies patrol cars that might be parked ahead on the road you drive. I would like Siri to tell me the same thing. “Joss, there is a police car on the street four blocks ahead.”
A smart Maps app would also know how fast we’re driving, so Siri could follow that with, “Joss, you are driving 15 MPH over the speed limit. Please slow down because a police car is just two blocks ahead.”
Man, I’m loving the future. Maps is getting better, but customers have ideas on how to improve it even more.