Have we now hit a critical mass in the number of active Waze clients (at least in the United States)? If so, maybe it is time to reconsider the way that automatic traffic reporting works?
As I understand it, it just takes one Waze client to create or clear an automatically generated traffic event. Since these automatically generated traffic events are critical for routing around traffic and there now seem to be a 'lot' of Waze users, maybe the algorithm that is being used to report and clear traffic events should be adjusted so that at least two reports within x minutes are needed to generate or clear an automatically reported traffic event?
* Less false traffic reports, especially on road type street and lower. Clears some of the on-screen clutter, Event List, and makes routing more accurate.
* Reduces or eliminates the need to modify the application to add a 'pause automatic traffic reporting' function to the application to reduce false traffic events when at a drive thru, gas station, coffee stop, etc.
* Reduces or eliminates the need to turn off Waze so that a false traffic event is not generated.
* Reduces the chance that someone driving in a HOV lanes (where the Waze application thinks the user is in the regular traffic lanes) generates or clears a traffic event in the regular lanes.
* Reduces the change that a motorcyle, bicycle, or pedestrian generate or clear a traffic event. Eg. motocycles can weave through cars in traffic which gives false data on the traffic jam.
* In places where there are traffic jams, it may take longer for the traffic event to be generated or cleared since 2 Wazers will need to transverse the area for the automatically generated traffic event to update.
* In areas with a low number of Wazers, traffic events may not be reported. May not matter though since if there is only one Wazer driving in that area, there are no other Wazers driving the same area to benefit from the automated traffic report.
iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.4, Waze 3.6