• Jul 6, 2010
Navigation has come a long way since Mapquest first hit the scene. Few of us are bumbling around our nation's highways with print-out directions anymore thanks to the wide availability of manufacturer and aftermarket nav systems. Even most phones have some sort of turn-by-turn directions on them, but even the best systems have a hard time keeping track of up to minute variations in traffic conditions. Which is why our curiosity has been peaked by the Waze app.
The concept is pretty simple. Users drive around with the app open on their phone and the program samples GPS data to determine whether traffic is moving at speed or at a standstill. From there, you can report accidents, speed traps or road work to keep those around you from winding up in the same mess. Meanwhile, you can check the status of traffic on alternate roads around you thanks to the same technology.

Waze is also on the verge of rolling out a handful of new features that should improve the experience, including Twitter and Facebook integration. Instead of just sampling other Waze users, the program will cull through tweets from all over the globe. If someone happens to take the time to shoot off a tweet that says traffic on Mullholland sucks, you'll get a notification if you're headed in that direction. We've yet to get a chance to play with the app in traffic, but it sounds handy. For more info, check out the Waze guided tour.

[Source: Waze]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have used Waze for quite sometime and wish them the best of luck but I don't see how they can out innovate google maps
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't this essentially the concept behind the Dash GPS? They were using Wifi equipped units to crowdsource traffic conditions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Google already has the traffic aspect of this using cell phone tracking on google maps on their website, Droid and iPhone. It's how they have traffic speeds for surface streets.

      Honestly, the data is pretty poor. Maybe Google will make it better over time though.

      http://www.gpsfortoday.com/car-tracking-google-cell-phones-and-real-time-traffic-updates/
      • 4 Years Ago
      The main issue with apps such as this one and Trapster is that users
      are required to report what they encounter as they are
      traveling which is very hard to do while you're driving. Cool idea
      though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's designed pretty well to report things with a minimum of presses and attention, but I hear they're developing voice command functionality for it to make it a completely hands-free operation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't have any issues reporting speed traps and road closures on Trapster, I just say "Trapster" and the call is made on my cell phone, I report the information and say "end call"... done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs turn-by-turn and rerouting, otherwise why?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup, it has that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been using it down here in Melbourne for about 2 months, and with something like 15 users city-wide I know the shortcomings of the app with not enough users. But it's the best free turn-by-turn app for the iPhone I've seen, it has a social networking side to it I enjoy and I actually enjoy developing the maps in my area (a part of waze this article fails to mention, all maps are completely user-generated).

      Once a city's map is developed to a decent level of
      detail the app becomes a lot more attractive to users, and the benefits of more wazers reporting are realized. Until then I'm kinda happy feeling like a pioneer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool. But my experience with these apps in traffic has proved to be rather distracting. I'll have to give it a try to see how simple it is behind the wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez. "Piqued" is the word. Unless you really mean your interest has been raised to its highest level.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "If someone happens to take the time to shoot off a tweet that says traffic on Mullholland sucks, you'll get a notification"

      What happens if some punk kid is F'ing around and sending out bad intel??
      • 4 Years Ago
      But can they reach the critical mass already reached by trapster.com, which does all of the above save the Twitter parsing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      All of this talk from the article and comments like "I'll have to give it a try to see how simple it is behind the wheel" and "We have yet to get a chance to play with the app in traffic..." is just plain SCARY. Wake up and drive people!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree that it will only be useful if everyone uses it. Maybe this will be the convention similar to how Facebook has become the convention for social media. I have Trapster on my phone for identifying police traps but it is sometimes has weeks old reports. I will try this app and see how well it is used by others and myself.
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