Sometimes it’s difficult to tell how the morning commute is going to turn out. Even when a person has been driving the same route every day for years, it is next to impossible for them to predict what that morning’s commute will look like.
That’s where Waze comes in. Waze relies on its users to gather data about current road conditions. The more users that Waze has, the more information it gets about the roads in your area.
When a user downloads Waze, they are able to type in their destination, and Waze will give them a route that will get them there fastest. And unlike Google Maps, Waze gives live updates concerning road conditions. If your route is suddenly slowed by an accident, or traffic jam of some sort, Waze will re-calculate your route, and give you new directions to get you to your destination more quickly.
Waze uses GPS stations and users phones or ipads to gauge traffic. Waze detects the speed a user’s car is going, which allows other Waze users to know if traffic in that area is going fast, or slow.
Users are also able to upload and alert others when a road hazard, construction work, or an accident occur. One of its best features allows users to alert others when a speed-trap has been set up, or to point out the location of traffic cameras with just the push of a button.
These alerts can be made while driving, but typing is disable when Waze senses that a user is on the go.
If one wishes to take a more active role in using Waze, they can take pictures of incidents that occur on the roadway, such as an accident, to show others exactly what is going on in that area.
All maps on Waze are updated in real-time, allowing users to always know what lies ahead.
Most information Waze has is gained simply by users driving around. Waze helps created more detailed maps through this method. If a map error occurs, users can either fix it themselves, or report the map issue.
Waze seemingly has all of the best road information in one convenient app. The kicker? It’s free!
To learn more about Waze, you can watch their introductory video here: