Thoughts of a relentless mind

Waze joins Google

This was bound to happen and I always wandered why no big player is showing any interest in Waze. But then few days back I saw this news: http://www.waze.com/blog/waze-joins-google/.

For those who are not aware of what Waze is, in layman terms, Waze is a navigation app that helps to reach you from source to destination. The navigation takes into consideration multiple factors like current traffic scenario, availability of toll roads, highways, shortest/fastest route, and many such parameters. In my opinion, what makes Waze really stand out from other apps is its ability of social integration. Users can report current traffic conditions, hazards, accidents, and police traps from the app, and this would help other users, and Waze does use these reports for calculating the optimal route. Also the users can edit the map from the browser and the updates are pushed to the server regularly.

With Waze joining Google, I hope Google Maps becomes more social. Google Maps is a bit social in the way that users can send bug reports, and they are corrected in a quick time. But I hope Google integrates the much needed features like reporting police traps, hazards and other reports from other users into their maps.

Also another feature that I really miss in any navigation app is the absence of traffic light indicators. Including this shouldn’t be much of a problem, and yet I haven’t seen any app include this in India. I have used Waze, Google Maps and Navigation, and Sygic and all these miss this feature.

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10/07/2013 - Posted by | General | , ,

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