Last week, Google bought the fast growing community-based
navigation app, Waze for $1 billion!
Waze is a social mapping app that features real-time traffic data provided by users. According to a recent New York Times article:
Waze has drawn a particularly passionate base of nearly 50 million users around the world. In any given month, about one-third of them turn on the app to access the company’s directions. Waze passively tracks their movements via GPS to generate live information about roads and traffic. And users can add their own information about accidents, police speed traps and road hazards.
Waze uses this user provided data to provide the fastest route to your destination while allowing you to avoid accidents or traffic jams. As stated in the Waze blog regarding Google’s purchase of the app:
Nothing practical will change here at Waze. We will maintain our community, brand, service and organization – the community hierarchy, responsibilities and processes will remain the same.
We will continue to make a real impact on drivers globally, helping them save time and money while making everyone’s daily commute a bit more efficient and fun.
Reasons to Download Waze
Waze allows users to track activity such as: police cars, stopped vehicles, accidents, traffic jams, objects on the road, and more! These notifications are added to the map right away and will inform anyone that’s approaching that specific area.
Waze has turn-by-turn navigation, similar to Google Maps; however, Waze will warn you of potential delays along your way by using reports from other users. This is all done in real-time. So you’ll have the most accurate and up-to-date information. The image to the right illustrates the reports that you’ll encounter along the way, how long it’ll take you, when you can expect to arrive and if you choose, you can take other possible routes.
Save on Gas
Users can easily report gas prices within the app, so it’s easy to save some gas money by seamlessly locating the cheapest gas along your route.
After you download and try the app, tell us what you think in the comments.