There are many navigation apps in the market which serve the purpose of getting you from one place to another. However, most of them serve nothing more than that.
Such apps lack some important things about providing traffic and road info while you navigate. To overcome such drawbacks Waze was introduced providing unique ways to serve traffic and road info to drivers and make their journey pleasant. Waze is community-based traffic and navigation app. Waze lets you 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.
With all such attractive features and the increasing popularity of Waze, Google has bought this app for over $1 billion in a bidding war between tech giants like Facebook, Apple etc. Waze won the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, beating Dropbox, Flipboard and others.
Waze Social GPS and Traffic has a long list of features:
- 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 re-routing 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
You can earn points as you contribute road info and climb the ranks in your community. So Waze is basically a Social navigation app that lets you navigate along your route with updates from other drivers notifying about traffic conditions. This way you can easily choose or change your route according to the traffic conditions.