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Using the correct Road type and naming of segments is a key part of mapping in Waze. Road type influence route planning, particularly on long journeys where Waze will prioritise the major Road types. The naming of segments give users a consistent experience and can also influence routing and detour mechanisms.

Road Types

WME Road Type Namibian Road Types Lock Level
Freeway Only A1, A2 and B1 routes 6
Ramp Only used on level changes 6
Major Highway All B and C Routes 5
Minor Highway All district roads as on Roads Authority approved maps 4
Primary Street Mainly urban roads carrying heavier traffic 3
Street Urban streets, unproclaimed rural public roads 2
Narrow Street DO NOT USE - This Road type is currently not deemed useful for mapping in Namibia
Other - drivable
Off-road / Not-maintained Road with no access for the general public, public roads with legal prohibition on through routing in both directions (private road sign, no motor vehicles except for access sign, or a closable gate) 4
Parking Lot Road Roads within a car park, or other places where we don't want Waze to monitor speed and potentially generate a traffic jam report, in particular petrol station forecourts 3
Private Road Unsurfaced road which is always impassable for normal cars and specifically marked as 4x4 routes 3
Ferry Only used where a real ferry operates (1 known) 4
Railroad Railroads where present, see also Level Crossing Alerts (LCA) 3
Runway/Taxiway All Major and only if ICAO code exsist 4

Unpaved checkbox - This attribute can be selected for all Road types but should only be applied to Street Road type and below. This checkbox can be applied to segments that cover roads that are unsurfaced or of poor construction but is still passable by a normal car. Users can avoid roads marked with this attribute applied within the App settings.

Non-drivable - Walking Trails are a group of non-drivable Road types available in the WME found under the Road menu. User experience can be improved by using these appropriately, you can read more when to use these Road types on the Namibian Footpaths page.

Naming Conventions

Roads with number

Classified road in the UK are known by a single letter and number combination which should be included in the segment name so that Waze instructions include identifying information. When naming dual carriageway segments, the addition of a cardinal direction should be included to ensure clear instructions are given and useful incident reports. The segment should be named in the following format;

Format: : <Letter & Number> (<Direction>) - <Name>
Examples: : M45 (E) Motorway with cardinal direction
A1(M) Motorway class A Road, note no spaces are used
A7 - Old Dalkeith Rd A Road with local name
A2 (W) - Dover Rd A Road with cardinal direction and local name
Andover St Road with local name

The UK has 3 classifications of roads; Motorways (M), A Roads, and B Roads. All other roads are unclassified. You may discover that local authorities maintain a database of roads they manage and use C, D, and U labels. These are internal labels only and should never be shown on public signs, they should not be added to segment names.

When naming Motorway segments, the City field should be set as None, this prevents City name smudge across the map.

Lay-bys & Rest Stops

  • Lay-bys should only be included where there is significant separation from the main carriageway (e.g. grass, trees or a physical barrier). Similar to deciding if a road is dual carriageway.
  • All segments should be mapped with Road type set to Parking Lot Road, with appropriate directions and turns
  • The lay-by segment should have it's name set to [P] and have no City name
  • With very long distances between Cities and Towns in Namibia it is accepted to add an Area Place at rest areas indicating the direction of travel, depending on the side of the road as well as distance to the nearest Fuel station.
    • Example: Rest Stop (B1 N) ⛽️ in 19 km , street name, no City, Lock Level 3