Google Maps is one of the most important tools in your arsenal. It allows you to get turn-by-turn directions to places you’ve never been to before. And both iOS and Android users of the app are beginning to receive an important prompt that explains how important crowdsourced data is to the navigation and mapping app. The prompt will allow Google Maps to continue using your crowdsourced data.
Google explains how it uses your crowdsourced data on the left and those who don’t opt-in to the program will see a step-by-step set of directions.
With your location data, Google Maps knows your current location, where you are heading, how long it will take you to get there, traffic conditions, whether you are driving or walking, and more. Last September Google said that “over 1 billion kilometers are “driven with” the app every day around the world. All of this data helps drive Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation, ETAs, traffic status, and alternative routes.