Waze - GPS, Maps & Social Traffic
By Waze Inc.
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Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all.
Just by driving with Waze open, you're already contributing tons of real-time traffic information to your local community. You can also actively report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road. Get road alerts along your route and find the cheapest gas prices around you shared by the community. Plus, you can add friends, send locations or keep others posted on your arrival time.
- Live routing based on community driven, real-time traffic & road info
- Community reported alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures, and more
- Turn-by-turn voice guided navigation
- Live maps, consistently edited and updated by Waze community map editors
- Automatic rerouting as conditions change on the road
- Send your ETA & real-time drive to update those you’re meeting
- Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours, and preferred routes
- Find the cheapest gas station on your route
- Add information on local places and businesses
- Add Facebook friends and sync Contacts
- See friends’ ETA when driving to the same destination
- One tap navigation to Facebook & Calendar events
- Earn points as you contribute road info and climb the ranks in your community
Waze is all about contributing to and benefiting from the common good, so hop on board and get involved!
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Waze will automatically shut down if you run it in the background and haven't driven for a while.
What's New in Version 4.0.1
Version 4.0.1 introduces a fresh new design for easier navigation, reporting, and sharing.
* Support for 3D Touch! Press and hold on the Waze icon to quickly navigate home, to work, search addresses or send your location.
* Bug fixes and stability improvements.
* Significantly reduced battery consumption.
* Fewer taps to start your drive, send locations and directions.
* New ETA panel organizes everything you need in one place. View reports, check alternate routes, add a stop on the way, or instantly send ETA to friends and family.
* The new map is easier to read with a cleaner look catered to your drive.
* It’s easier to help others on the road with a faster, more visual reporting menu.
* Reports and alerts are now color-coded so you can instantly recognize them on the map.
* Smart notifications to leave on time for your Calendar events based on traffic conditions and drive times.
Finally warming up to Waze....
I hated this app the first day I used it and ended up deleting it. There was so much crap being displayed on the map, you couldn't see the map. I was driving with a friend a few weeks ago and I liked the navigation app he was using and to my surprise it was Waze! He said that if you take the time to go thru all of the settings, you can turn off 90% of the unneeded stuff. When I did that, it was actually a great app. Waze has taken me home different ways that I never knew existed and saved me valuable time. After several times, these new routes are becoming part of my normal routes to and from work. I like the warnings that pop up for traffic, stalled cars, heavy traffic, bad weather, or cops set up with radar on the side of the road. It's not safe trying to report these things in the Waze app while driving. Sometimes the Waze will pop up a window asking you if you are now in heavy traffic and asks for a quick yes or no. I started Waze for my drive home and before I pushed anything, it asked me if I was heading home, so I only had to say yes. That was a very nice touch! I still have my Garmin with traffic info for comparison and my Garmin is like talking to a rock compared to Waze. I still use the SigAlert app for traffic comparison to Waze. This is an awesome app for free, just go thru the settings to tailor it to what you like. That's my 2 cents.
Mostly reliable navigation
I use waze all the time to avoid delays when driving or calculate how long a regular route might be at a certain time of day. However I use it in combination with google maps for directions, because as other people have said, waze doesn't give much advice on which lane to be in for a highway exit, or other specifics that can make you miss a step or make a dangerous lane change to avoid missing a step. By keeping the noise mode on alerts only, this app has allowed me to escape or avoid awful traffic jams, for the most part. I don't know if it has to do with my own phone service data availability or problems with the app, but occasionally it won't know about a huge traffic jam until I'm already in it, which is frustrating. In those cases my route will instantly go from clear to red the minute I am stuck, and I just don't know why those cases aren't predicted sooner (seeing as most of the time the app works fine.) Overall I like the app, but don't let it steer you in crazy directions all the time. Sometimes it makes up traffic that doesn't exist or maybe a problem has already been cleared up and it hasn't been updated through the app yet.. So be wary before you take that early exit off the highway if there's no visible delays ahead. That's my primary warning, use this app as a general guide not as the be all end all.
Waxed works but
Good work, but I have noticed that it generally underestimates the time to destination, especially on busy days.
The worst thing is to tell people that I will be there in 10 minutes and then it takes an extra 10. Well, I guess there is a limit in estimation accuracy since if I miss a green light by one second and have to wait for 2 minutes, it would be reasonable for an add-on of two minutes. However, when on a 10 minute path it takes 20, I think there is space for improvement. I do not think it is me driving particularly slow and missing a bunch of green lights. On the other hand on open traffic it estimates pretty well.
I was using Google navigation until I have upgraded from my dinosaur my touch to iPhone 6s and I feel like Google's time estimation is much better on traffic. I still sometimes use Google Nav; however, its downside is that it generally remains on main roads (this is also true for Apple navigation, which seems to be getting better nowadays: works with watch and you can ask Siri to take you somewhere, it also keeps on with walking directions once you park your car) and has less flexibility in using side roads, which sometimes prove to be much faster. Waze does a good job on this as long as the traffic on the alternate road is as expected.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Nov 15, 2015
- Version: 4.0.1
- Size: 43.7 MB
- Languages: English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: waze
- © Waze Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.