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!
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.
Gives me info at perfect times.
I am new to waze and haven't had any of the issues others are complaining about. I have been using the gps that comes with my iPhone for god knows how long and have been happy with it but tried waze for my first long trip today and it was perfect. I would get warnings perfectly ahead of time, such as "be careful, car stuck on the shoulder". Then not even 30 seconds later guess what I see on the shoulder, a car with a flat tire. Then of course the radar warnings and even traffic going in the other direction. Also I like to know where I am going ahead of time and every time I switched to the next set of directions the app would give me an audible direction that my wife probably enjoyed more than me as I wasn't asking her. But to me that was the best part of the app. My only issue is I don't know how to send updates yet. Like how can you send an alert when you are driving? Anyway great app, I guess since I am new to it I don't feel that it has changed. Thanks for reading .
- 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.