RallyChris wrote:So... waze is great for "short" commute style routes, as the community is more likely to ferret out any issues that affect their routes daily. But for long routes, it takes someone either that drives that route often, or an area manager with rights to the area, to work down the whole interstate/highway, correcting every little issue that will cause a long route to fail.
Like the original author of this thread I too have been a Waze user for about 1 month. I've used Waze every time I've driven to or from work. I've never taken the route suggested by Waze preferring instead to keep driving the way I've come to know over the years.
My commute (using my preferred route) is 38.9 miles (according to Google Maps). I've seen no evidence of Waze picking up on this route but instead offering me the same suggestion every day. Further the route Waze picks is different depending on whether I'm coming or going. That's maybe understandable given differences in the map, etc. The problem is that even though Waze knows where I live the route from work to home ends on a dead end street several miles from my house. This happens on the live map on the website as well as with the client. Tonight I took the suggested route just for fun. When I got to the dead end I made a U-turn and Waze immediately routed me to my house via a driveable route.
I think Waze has great promise. For me, in my daily use, the biggest asset is the real-time traffic updates (ok, I like to know where the cops are). For this to be really useful lots of people need to use Waze and stick with it. Even though the nav errors can often be fixed by editting the map I don't think most casual users will jump through the hurdles to do that. If I relied on Waze for Nav alone I would have given up after the first week. And I suspect many people do.
I've done a little map editting and some things on my commute have improved. Waze still wants me to take a side trip through a neighborhood every morning ( see post here: http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15202#p132650
Thanks for reading my ramble...