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 3.9.6
"Approximate time in traffic is 10 minutes"
I travel 1-1.5 hours, sometimes longer, to and from work everyday. I despise traffic with a passion and avoid it whenever possible. That's where this Waze comes in handy. It's a socially run GPS application that allows users to warn other drivers of all kinds of problems that plague travel such as hazards, weather, speed traps, accidents, traffic, etc. Prior to embarking on my journey, I pull up Waze and check the traffic along a number of routes to see which will have the least amount of traffic. Because this is socially run, I find this app will report traffic much quicker than most as you can manually enter in that you're in traffic, or the app will ask based on your average speed slowing down significantly. This has been a life saver. I don't know how often I've gotten off the highway to take side streets because of reports of traffic ahead or an accident, all possible with the "avoid freeways" option, to skip out on some horrendous traffic that I'll hear my coworkers got stuck in. Additionally, with the recent update, if traffic is unavoidable, the app will estimate how long you'll be stuck in traffic which I've been finding so far to be fairly accurate. This app also has saved me from a number of speeding tickets due to warnings of police and speed traps being reported. I could go on all day about this app, but suffice it to say, I never leave home without it!
I'm new to Waze, but so far I am thoroughly enjoying this app! Not only does it give you the fastest route, it also gives you updates on everything up ahead! There are ways to report traffic, construction, road/lane closures, vehicle on side of road, objects in road, and so forth. I got stuck in a 2 hour freeway shutdown and I was able to create a "Map Chat" to ask other users what was going on. They were able to keep me updated & even give me alternate routes to get around it! The time estimation has been pretty darn accurate. This app has saved me so much time in California traffic! It relies on users to update the map, which gives navigation a much more real time estimate! The only thing I wish it had was a refresh button during navigation. I used this app at the same time as a family member driving right behind me, and he got more hazard warnings than I did because his navigation updated with real time reports. I had to stop navigation & start a new navigation & my map refreshed with current reports. Other than that, fantastic app!!! I changed the navigation voice to Arnold (Terminator) & chuckle every time he tells me, "hazard on the shoulder, get down!!"
Recent Updates Cause Concern
I found this app to be useful in making my travels safer and more enjoyable - as well as alerting me to speed traps so that I avoid traffic tickets. I do a lot of traveling, so this app is not only practical it is also fun. I like being part of a community that can share their experiences on the road.
I am concerned that recent updates are negatively affecting Waze. For one, the male voice with street names suddenly disappeared. Now the only options I have for a voice that gives street names in English is Jane (the female voice - and I do not care for another woman bossing me around) or Thomas from UK whose voice is annoying. Please bring back the male voice that also gives street names! The other English speaking voices do not give street names. Secondly, I could be assured that Waze would take me on the shortest route. However, that is no longer happening as frequently as it did before. Now, I find myself being directed more often on odd routes that take me longer than before or longer than other routes and Waze also does not seem to learn my preferred routes anymore.
As a result, my once unquestionable five star rating has been dropped down to a four star.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Jun 07, 2015
- Version: 3.9.6
- Size: 60.4 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 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.