Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic
By Waze Inc.
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Waze is one of the world's largest community based traffic and navigation apps. 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 info to your local community. You can also actively report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road. Get road alerts on your route, and find the lowest gas prices around you with community-shared fuel prices. Plus, Waze makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road.
- 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
- Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours, and preferred routes
- Find the cheapest gas station on your route
- See friends’ ETA when driving to the same destination
- Send automatic updates on your location & ETA
- One tap navigation to Facebook & Calendar events
- Earn points to climb the ranks in your community as you contribute road info
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 3.8.0
Keeping up with friends and family is easier than ever before! With new & improved features, put an end to those pesky texts and phone calls – “I’m leaving now,” “I’m stuck in traffic,” "Almost there!” – and let Waze do the work for you.
- Find more friends on Waze by adding Contacts
- Send & receive friend requests and manage your friends list
- Get in touch with friends directly from their profiles: Share a drive, call, message or beep beep to say - hello!
- Locations sent between friends are saved on user profiles for future navigation
- New easy-to-use design for sending locations
- Share your drive to let friends & family know you’re on the way
- Redesigned ETA screen includes friends display to easily share your drive
- New icon on ETA tab shows the number of people viewing your shared drive, and expands for overview of activity
- Main menu redesigned to include new Send Location button and Share Drive button in Nav mode
- Waze freezing when performing a search
- General stability improvements
Work in Progress Here
Waze works best when you already know how to get where you're going. Wait, what? Yes, this app is not for those lost or in need of razor sharp directions. Waze is a work in progress and is actualy fun, which was a bonus I was not looking for or counting on when deciding to give Waze another shot (I joined two years ago but found the situation far from even beta status). When using Waze, you get the feeling that you are actually helping build a system which will help people (yourself included) rather than just being a data pool for mobile ads (there are ads in Waze and they are a problem, the major issue being the way ads are currently displayed which is just plain stupid and dangerous). How can Waze still be 4 stars despite often getting you lost and displaying dangerous ads that cover the screen and require the user to interact with the device while driving which flys in the face of the apps UI guidelines for interaction while in motion? Because it's a WIP (work in progress) and it's fun and every now and again, Waze will save your backside with a friendly report from a fellow Waze'r about a traffic cop, a pothole or in my case, last week Waze correctly advised changing lanes, which I did, then ten seconds later, just over the crest of a hill was a car stopped in the right lane of the highway. Thanks to that driver who posted the report and to the Waze nerds for making it happen in real time.
Was great, now just ok.
Previous versions (possibly prior to being acquired by google) had considerably less ads and better/quicker functionality. Now, every time I stop I have the screen covered by ads, most times for things I would never ever want or need. I also contend with frequent issues with the app, forcing me to close and reopen it. Sometimes it just hangs, other times it says it is trying to find a route forever, other times it never updates the route I am driving on when I deviate slightly, my position is represented correctly but the route never updates. Yet other times when I stop the car and start it again, the route is lost all together, forcing me to send links to those who may have been following my progress. Which leads me to another bug, the send route to someone via text msg frequently breaks and won't update as the end user gets a link to a page saying "Route Cancelled"
All in all, what was a great five star app is now a four star app and may quickly become a three star or abandoned app. My recommendation to the developers is to put ad inclusion and data pulls at a lower priority than primary functionality. People use this app because it works and tolerate the ads, if this app is to become ad delivery app with a secondary gps functionality, I have zero qualms about abandoning it for any of it's competitors.
Best app there is, but still needs work
Waze is easily my favorite GPS app, I recommend it to everyone and is the only one I use, but I've become careful with it. My biggest issue is if I should make a wrong turn, the first time I did this it took me 4 miles out to go in a circle. I was in a city I wasn't familiar with and so didn't realize what I had done until I passed the same surface street a second time. Is there anyway we could implement a "make a U turn" or simply route one back to the original street? When I drive long distances I compare Waze with google maps (I only have to make minor tweeks to the Waze directions) but in the end it saves me about 15 minutes and 10 miles. Still not bad. Mostly it's something as simple as taking one surface street to a freeway onramp, or staying on a freeway to get off rather than taking the 7 small streets/turns it's suggesting. I'll take it over google maps (or apple maps) which has put me in entirely incorrect neighborhoods before.
It would also be nice to zoom in to a map. Say or example I'm looking for a stew or restaurant located in a plaza, it makes it easier to see where in said plaza it is, etc. Overall, I love Waze, and I don't think I'll ever give it up, but some minor repairs still need to be made.
Despite that, excellent work!