1. muchospanish's Avatar
    This isn't an iOS 9 question since this has been around for a few months, but how does Apple Maps know if there's a traffic accident causing the delay?
    09-19-2015 08:48 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Apple Maps uses traffic data from several 3rd party sources that provide data in real time or near real time for displaying into to users.
    09-19-2015 08:53 PM
  3. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    does the servers Apple use Google maps use as well
    09-19-2015 09:08 PM
  4. muchospanish's Avatar
    Thanks, but how do 3rd party sources know? I always understood that Waze relied on its users to report them. Does this come from police reports? That seems like it would be too slow for a real-time solution.
    09-19-2015 09:57 PM
  5. Reparkable's Avatar
    does the servers Apple use Google maps use as well
    Is this a question? No, Apple does not use Google maps
    09-19-2015 10:44 PM
  6. Reparkable's Avatar
    Thanks, but how do 3rd party sources know? I always understood that Waze relied on its users to report them. Does this come from police reports? That seems like it would be too slow for a real-time solution.
    Apple uses TomTom for its traffic information. It even says so right in the app
    09-19-2015 10:45 PM
  7. Chris Cook5's Avatar
    Is this a question? No, Apple does not use Google maps
    really, how does Google get information vs Apple regarding maps
    09-20-2015 12:01 AM
  8. Reparkable's Avatar
    really, how does Google get information vs Apple regarding maps
    Other sources. Not sure what they are though. But not TomTom
    09-20-2015 12:11 AM
  9. kch50428's Avatar
    Apple uses TomTom for its traffic information. It even says so right in the app
    In addition to TomTom, Apple Maps also uses Waze data, as well as traffic data collected/reported by ClearChannel/iHeart Media stations.
    09-20-2015 08:23 AM
  10. gordol's Avatar
    Thanks, but how do 3rd party sources know? I always understood that Waze relied on its users to report them. Does this come from police reports? That seems like it would be too slow for a real-time solution.
    It appears that TomTom is the primary source of traffic data for Apple Maps. You'd have to check with TomTom to see their sources, but some of it is user-sourced. You can get the complete list of third party data sources for Apple Maps by tapping the circles I in the bottom right corner.

    Some traffice data sources are crowd-sourced (Waze, forex), and others use reporting data from highway and police departments or dedicated traffice sources.
    TurboTiger likes this.
    09-20-2015 10:44 AM

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