Nobody likes to keep stuck in traffic jam, or to get lost. And good news is, Waze can keep you from falling a victim to these two. The Waze app for iPhone is basically voice enabled GPS direction giving app while it also does few other tasks like keeping you updated with the traffic congestion in the route you are approaching and suggesting an alternate route in case a traffic jam is ahead. The app is available in both iPhone and Android platforms; we have checkedout the iPhone version. There are still many issues with the app we would like to be solved soon, but as promised they are actually improving the app.
On Waze, the users get to notify about a traffic jam and that’s the best part for users in jam prone areas.
Waze’s way of work is kind of complex. While Waze is on and running, it connects to the other Waze users nearby and accumulates the data from every possible sources. The collected data is later fitted into an algorithm which incorporates the map data and user-data to figure out the best route towards your destination. If there happens to be traffic jam and the users report it, Waze’s automated algorithm will find you a different route. This process keeps happening in the background; however it doesn’t give up any data that could compromise your identity. The whole crowdsourcing process is anonymous and it is good. There were other apps like this but none of them before Waze were free.
The UI actually needs to get better. It’s okay but mostly boring and very simple. Simple is not bad but this one in Waze isn’t quite what the users might prefer. As you drive along a route your icon pops up on a map and keeps moving with your driving. If there’s any other driver using Waze nearby, their icons will show up on the map. The voice guidance will tell you when there’s a turn ahead. However, we really loved how Waze makes flawless assumptions about the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA). Comparing with a dedicated GPS tracker device, we found that Waze made more accurate assumptions about reaching a distance. Of course the crowdsourcing has kicked in here.
There are few lacking, but we wouldn’t say they are performance backlogs. We couldn’t find any lane assistance feature; we didn’t expect one on a free app either. Moreover it’s just an iPhone app, not integrated with the car so lane changing won’t be much accurate on this app. Speed limit doesn’t show on Waze so you have to look out for speed limit signs on your own.
If there happens to be an accident on the road, the users get to report it. The exclamation icon opens up nine icons which lets the users report police activity, heavy traffic, traffic accident, and gas prices etc. For places where the road conditions are really uncertain, this app can help.
Waze is more like a GPS based social network. Not really, but the participation of other Waze users make it more interactive. Using the app feels good. There are bugs, but the developers are working restlessly to make the app near perfect. We recommend this free app for GPS navigation.
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