This really is a bummer for me. The three best things about Waze:
1. Ability to edit maps. New road closure in my area? Make the map change, mobile client is routing around it the next day
. Awesome. I hope this is one of the far superior features that Google is planning to integrate with this acquisition. I have not used Map Maker, so I'm not sure how quickly user map edits are integrated into the mobile nav client. Anyone have experience with this?
2. Real-time road speed & incident data. Waze has routed me better than Google, hands down. Part of this can be attributed to point #1 and the quick response to road closures. If I'm in a major metropolitan area, and a nav client tries to route me through a road that has been closed for 2 months, that's a deal breaker. (Unless I can make a map change and have it go live within days!)
3. The friendly competition of the points system. It's fun to make map improvements that benefit users and see yourself climbing the ranks.
So overall I'm worried about the future of Waze. And I feel less excited to continue with the cleanup of my neighborhood, with the possibility it's all for nothing.
How's everybody else feeling?