Apple Maps improves real-time alerts for roadway hazards

Apple Maps Safety Cloud
Apple Maps Safety Cloud (Image credit: HAAS Alert)

What you need to know

  • Apple Maps now integrates with HAAS Cloud's Safety Cloud.
  • The integration brings real-time roadway hazard alerts to Apple Maps users.

Apple Maps now integrates with a company that brings real-time roadway hazard alerts to the navigation service.

In a press release from HAAS Alert, the company announced that its Safety Cloud product, which offers real-time hazard alerts, now integrates with Apple Maps. The company says that users will now receive alerts for "emergency vehicles, incident responders, work zones, and other hazards."

HAAS Alert says that over a thousand safety agencies, fleets, road workers, and more are using the Safety Cloud system to keep their own teams safe and that Apple Maps users will now benefit as well.

Over 1,200 public safety agencies, roadside assistance fleets, towing operators, road workers, and other organizations with vehicles or roadway equipment are using Safety Cloud to provide an additional layer of protection for their people and assets. The service comes standard on new emergency vehicles for many leading industry brands and also integrates with aftermarket emergency vehicles, telematics systems, work zone equipment, and traffic management platforms. More than 1 billion digital alerts have been processed through Safety Cloud since the platform's launch in 2017.

Apple Maps Hazard

Apple Maps Hazard (Image credit: HAAS Alert)

Jeremy Agulnek, HAAS Alert's SVP of Connected Vehicle, said that the company applauds Apple for "prioritizing driver safety."

"With the addition of Apple Maps as a Safety Cloud digital alerting partner, drivers using an iPhone as a travel companion will now be safer and better aware of upcoming roadway conditions. We applaud Apple for prioritizing driver safety and taking steps towards achieving the Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries."

Up until now, Apple Maps users have mostly relied on community-driven alerts. Users have been able to record a hazard that helped nearby users of the app as well but, with this new integration, those alerts won't need to rely on users alone.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.