Waze app makes a game out of traffic woes
Getting caught in a traffic snarl is never fun.
Between wondering how long the back up is and how late you'll be for dinner, a standard slow down is a test of patience. Now, there's something to make the drive a whole lot more interesting. CBS12 wants you to pick up the social media traffic tool called Waze.
Waze is a 100% free turn-by-turn GPS application that provides real-time traffic updates, plus all kinds of cool social and geo-gaming elements to make commuting fun. Wazers (the name for folks using the app) can actively update one another on traffic, police traps, construction, speedcams, and more. And because it's socially oriented, the more people who use it, the better (and more addictive) it gets!
After typing in their destination address, users just drive with the app open on their phone to passively contribute traffic and other road data. They can also take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any hazards along the way. This helps other users in the area get a heads-up about what's to come. In addition to the local communities of drivers using the app, Waze is also home to an active community of online map editors who ensure that the data in their areas is as up-to-date as possible.
Waze makes it fun to help your fellow commuters with points and achievements. Everyone starts out as a baby Wazer. Drive around with Waze open, report incidents along your route and get more points to become a grown Wazer, a Waze knight, or even be among the selected few who are Waze royalty! The social side of Waze has a lot going on, too. See nearby friends on the map, share your drive, to find out when everyone is arriving where you are. Waze also features integration with Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook. Tweet your activities on Waze to your Twitter followers and connect to Facebook to see all of your Waze-ing Facebook friends around you on the map. It's all a whole lot of fun!
By simply driving around with the Waze client installed on your smartphone, you can share real-time information that translates into traffic conditions and road structure. When you use Waze, you can also actively report to the community on traffic, accidents, police traps, blocked roads, weather conditions and much more. Waze collects this information and immediately analyzes it in order to provide other Wazers with the most optimal route to their destination, 24 hours a day.
The easiest way to improve Waze is just to drive around with Waze turned on. Even if you are not using Waze to guide you, turn it on. You don't have to do anything.
Waze uses the information from your journey to calculate average speed, check for errors, improve road layout and learn road and turn direction. There is no need to make special trips with Waze. In fact, Waze works best on your regular trips and commuting.
The maps and navigation are powered by users. The more people drive with Waze open, the better the navigation.