When did Waze first become USEFUL?

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When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby zzyzxuk » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:51 am

Hello fellow Wazers!

I think that one thing most of us "early-adopters" have in common is that we understand how cool the concept of crowdsourced traffic and map building is, and many of us have put in a lot (ok, actually a LOT!) of time helping to turn Waze's vision into a reality. And now, just in my area, the map in the UK has gone from almost no roads at all, to a very respectable skeleton from which further roads can now easily grow, and the number of users I see on the screen each evening has gone from only a few, to well in the 30's.

If we keep the buzz going, we will eventually hit critical mass, and this thing is really going to take off.

What I'm curious about is - what are the milestones by which we can measure our progress, and how many of you have hit them....

So could you respond if you can answer "yes" to these questions?

- When did you first notice another Wazer on YOUR stretch of road?
- When did you first get a traffic report for a stretch of road you were planning on travelling down?
- Have you actually ever been re-routed because of a traffic report someone else generated?
- Have you actually tried to use Waze to route you somewhere other than your normal commute, and have it work?


I'm not doubting these days will come soon - they just haven't quite come for me, and I'd like to get excited that all the work I'm putting in will soon be rewarded, and get excited by the potential that I think this project has, so hearing from fellow Wazers would be really encouraging!

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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby naesstrom » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:07 am

I can just answer Yes to that first question, and that was the other day!
But I can see by the rate the roads are growing around here that there are plenty going on! When I first started wazing at new year I was alone here in my town... hardly any roads at all and now everytime I check the livemap new parts have been mapped :D
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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby asterix06 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:45 pm

3dr question - probably yes 2-3 times
4th questions - full yes
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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby sketch » Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:19 pm

  • There was another guy "0.3 miles away" from me on the street I was on just two days ago! It's happened before, as well. Finally starting to get a userbase here.
  • I'm not sure, actually. My driving is generally against traffic, so it's not so bad.
  • Nope, I've seen "your route will be 8 minutes longer due to new traffic information", though.
  • All the time. My top priority was to have the Interstates and then all thoroughfares through the city fully operational, and I pretty much reached that point a few months ago.
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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby zzyzxuk » Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:10 am

sketch wrote:I've seen "your route will be 8 minutes longer due to new traffic information"


VERY cool!!!
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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby enormekever » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:02 am

-Yes
-Yes
-Not yet
-Yes
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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby PeterG » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:33 pm

Hi,
unfortunately now and as I think some time in the future my answers are and probably will be:
-No
-No
-No
-No

Of course I have recorded and edited most the roads here myself and there are great white parts in the real North of Germany remaining not been driven by anyone yet... there are not even Arials here :o

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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby padril » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:51 pm

zzyzxuk wrote:- When did you first notice another Wazer on YOUR stretch of road?
- When did you first get a traffic report for a stretch of road you were planning on travelling down?
- Have you actually ever been re-routed because of a traffic report someone else generated?
- Have you actually tried to use Waze to route you somewhere other than your normal commute, and have it work?

Last week - somebody popped up 100m away from where I was sitting in traffic and said hi via chit chat
Never have yet
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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby TheCheesemeister » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:03 pm

zzyzxuk wrote:- When did you first notice another Wazer on YOUR stretch of road?
- When did you first get a traffic report for a stretch of road you were planning on travelling down?


These both happened to me for the first time today - There were two waze users travelling the opposite direction to me on the same road this afternoon within 2 minutes. The numbers of users in the UK are definitely on the way up now 8-)
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Re: When did Waze first become USEFUL?

Postby Elgirts » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:56 pm

- When did you first notice another Wazer on YOUR stretch of road?

I had been seeing other wazers around my area for a while, but it wasn't till recently that I actually had a possible encounter. About 2 months ago, I was in traffic and noticed that there was another wazer on the same stretch of road as me but he was coming at me. Well, I kept watching till he got near me, then I stuck my arm out the window and started waving at all the cars on the other side of the road. Alas, I never got a return wave, I doubt he/she even saw me, but it was neat nevertheless. :)

- When did you first get a traffic report for a stretch of road you were planning on travelling down?

Living in Los Angeles County, I get various slow traffic reports all the time. However, I got my first "Police Reported Ahead" about 30 mins ago for the first time. That was a nice treat. :)

- Have you actually ever been re-routed because of a traffic report someone else generated?

No, not yet. Still waiting for that one.

- Have you actually tried to use Waze to route you somewhere other than your normal commute, and have it work?

Yes I have. I had an appointment in a confusing area of town, and though I was somewhat familiar with the area, I decided to let waze guide me. If it failed, at least I kind of knew the area. Well, it got me there, and it did it efficiently. even better than the route I would have taken. I was impressed.
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