drewex wrote:I guess what Im trying to say is, I live in Socal, Orange County . I seen this happen few times where I would compare waze traffic info and googles and bings. I would actually see traffic on my route home on google and bing but waze doesnt show anything since no one past the same route yet. If there is away to get both info combined that would be the ultimate solution.
Understood. But currently Waze is only using traffic data generated by other Wazers in your and my area (San Diego, CA). This is their strategy. Waze feels that as the number of Wazers increases, that their data can/will be better than other providers.
There are lots of posts around here with pro's and cons of this approach. Currently it appears that Waze will create, update or remove a jam based on the activities of a single Wazer. The benefit of this approach is that one Wazer driving through an area can create a jam that can help Wazers that are driving or setting routes in the area.
Several con's also:
* Someone Wazing on a motorcycle, that is driving faster than the traffic flow since they can drive in-between lanes is contributing false data.
* In area's such as Orange County, a Wazer driving in a carpool lane, faster than traffic in the non-carpool lanes can contribute false data since Waze is not yet optimized for carpool lanes. Waze may think that they are driving in the regular lanes vs. carpool lane due to their snap to road functionality or since not all carpool lanes are mapped (esp. carpool lanes immediately adjacent to the regular lanes separated by only painted line(s)).
* Traffic jams can be created where there is no traffic by one Wazer who is not traveling with the speed of traffic. Stopped for gas, coffee, driving slowly sightseeing, etc.
* Other out of scope users for Waze. Walking, bicycling, train, etc.
The good news is that there are a significant number of Wazers in Orange County. So the data is generally good, factoring in the above limitations. The other benefit of more Wazers is that if someone is if one Wazer is contributing false traffic data, the next Wazer coming along that is moving with the flow of traffic will correct the data.
NO traffic solution is 100% effective. Especially difficult is accurately accounting for traffic when the traffic is quickly building or declining. It takes some time to collect the data, crunch the information, and disseminate the data to the users of the traffic aware navigation products. With Waze the traffic data is always going to be apx. 2+ minutes delayed. The Wazer has to drive the segment, the data queues on the SmartPhone and gets sent to Waze periodically (we think it's about every 2 minutes), Waze needs to process the data and re-evaluate current routes as well as routes as they are being requested, and the jam display in Waze needs to update (up to apx. another 2 minutes). If there is a major accident on I-5, all lanes are blocked and traffic is stopped - you can't expect any solution to notify you of this situation 5 seconds after it happens.