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Re: Need more detailed driving directions

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:49 am

It doesn't always provide the name as it is situation dependent. There are tens of thousands of 4-way right-angle intersections where both sides are not the same name. Waze doesn't need to give directions there to go perfectly straight. Though sometimes it seems like it would be nice.

Because each intersection is fairly unique, someone would need to take a look at it. There are things we can do to override default behavior and "force" Waze into giving an instruction, though it will always be one of "stay to the left/right", "exit left/right" or "turn left/right." It is all dependent on segment type, name and angles.

If you could provide a link to the intersection in question over in the map editor (use the link in that section appropriate for your country), post it back here and someone can take a look at it. When you post it, add more info about which direction on which street and transitioning to which street, and how you feel Waze should instruct the driver so it's clear what you're after.
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Re: Need more detailed driving directions

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:56 pm

usa_01hzqkdv wrote:This seems to be a frequent issue for me. The instructions tell me to "keep right" and the direction arrow implies a slight jog in the road, but what I should have been shown and told to do is "Turn right". This has already happened a few times times in the few days I've been using Waze, including on long-established roads

This happens when someone has created a dedicated left or right turn lane. Because of the angle of the turn lane meeting the next road, there is no turn instruction given, because that is really more of a "merge" angle, for which Waze gives no instruction.

There are ways around this which involve tweaks to the very end or beginning of the dedicated turn lane to produce a turn instruction.

Example: https://www.waze.com/editor/?lon=-122.7 ... 3,61432649

The left-side right turn lane will give a "stay to the right" whereas the right-side turn lane will give a "turn right."

Contast that with the turn lane after this segment: https://www.waze.com/editor/?lon=-122.7 ... s=63833005

Notice that the turn arrow is a right-angle turn. That's because the turn lane segment has a kink at the beginning. The kink is very small, put in place at a very high zoom level, so it is very short doesn't appear obvious at first.

Last different example: https://www.waze.com/editor/?lon=-122.7 ... s=61507072

The freeway onramp here will give a "stay to the right" due to the first angle, but will also give a "turn right" as you approach the end of the ramp segment, because it ends in a right-angle with the next segment.

Each intersection is unique, so different methods are employed as appropriate. Note also that in many cases, the Waze map doesn't 100% follow the on-the-ground road geometry exactly. This is oftentimes on purpose in order to produce proper turn instructions for legal/safety reasons, as well as one of Waze's top mapping guiding principles: simplicity.
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Re: Need more detailed driving directions

Postby AndyPoms » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:53 pm

usa_01hzqkdv wrote:This seems to be a frequent issue for me. The instructions tell me to "keep right" and the direction arrow implies a slight jog in the road, but what I should have been shown and told to do is "Turn right". This has already happened a few times times in the few days I've been using Waze, including on long-established roads

Can you post a Permalink to the intersection?
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Need more detailed driving directions

Postby rkylin » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:29 am

I have noted several instances where Waze provides no directions when changing roads. For example, when coming to a T (more like a -/) it doesn't tell you to turn left onto the new street, in fact the next direction is well beyond the intersection. Similarly, I've been on a road, that turns into a freeway onramp. After first turning on the road, the next direction is the exit to get off the freeway. But it never said to get on the freeway.

Perhaps Waze should always provide directions when the name of a road changes?
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Re: Need more detailed driving directions

Postby usa_01hzqkdv » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:51 pm

This seems to be a frequent issue for me. The instructions tell me to "keep right" and the direction arrow implies a slight jog in the road, but what I should have been shown and told to do is "Turn right". This has already happened a few times times in the few days I've been using Waze, including on long-established roads
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