Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby davipt » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:30 pm

Ericular wrote:
davipt wrote:But it seems there's a promise of no changes until 2016, whatever that means. On the Internet everything happens too fast.


Thanks, I had not noticed that part of the deal was for Waze to remain independent for 3 years. I do agree that the future for Waze beyond 2016 looks bleak. Let's hope that in 3 years, Google will have incorporated the app's strengths into Google Maps.

Is anyone else concerned with having all of their recorded drives living in a NSA datacenter in Utah? I was wondering if that would drive any loyal Wazers away. :shock:


Notice the 2016 are rumors read on the Internet, have no idea if it's true or not, but personally hope it is. Either way, having the records on NSA or in Israel, there isn't much we can do. There is no privacy on the Internet anyway :P
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby davipt » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:02 am

Ericular wrote: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?


Yes, Portugal, albeit I do see some minor roads being updated, all reports I've been sending for years are still not online.

The most important area I constantly check to see when is google gonna catch up with waze and real world is the following double roundabout (one inside another one), active since beginning of October 2012, that is on the center of the capital, was huge on the news, and a central traffic point in, out and inside the city. Nothing on google so far:

http://goo.gl/maps/147mz
https://world.waze.com/editor/?zoom=6&l ... TTFTTTFTTT

I also feel that Facebook would be a better choice because Waze would complement, whilst with Google, Waze will compete, and this kind of "merging" always go wrong. But it seems there's a promise of no changes until 2016, whatever that means. On the Internet everything happens too fast.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby Colonel667 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:09 am

All I can think is:

+ Thank God it's not Apple! ;)
+ Hopefully it causes more of my fellow Germans to notice and use Waze!

- I switched to Windows Phone 8 just now, and Google isn't exactly known to have much love for that.
- I don't get any of the money, i'm still poor, haha. :(
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby btrials » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:07 pm

It's a done deal.

I don't think the editing function will ever go away; in fact have you guys signed up for Google's new map editing feature? Sure, the points scheme and things may change but it can only be good.

If anything it makes perfect sense for Google to buy Waze for so many reasons. Traffic update was abandoned by Google awhile back but now it'll be back and integrated. More data from Google means Waze will be accurate in finding various locations. Perhaps features of adding landmarks will probably go away in that sense as Google would have much bigger data already. That's only a guess though. Who knows how these two maps will be integrated.

I'm just thankful it didn't get bought out by Facebook...too early to speculate but I'm pretty optimistic with G buying W.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby bretmcvey » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:15 pm

wox33 wrote:I would hope that Google and Waze decide that it is best to keep their applications as separate entities as they have separate functions. To me, Goggle Maps is a search platform. Searching for businesses or activities around your area, and then helping navigate to them with the built-in gps navigation. Waze on the other hand is a commuter GPS routing application first and foremost.


Google Maps has the cartography, search, navigation (with somewhat live traffic data viewing), and exploration approach... Waze has search, navigation and live traffic reporting/viewing. The biggest difference I ever saw between the two clients from the navigation sense was that Waze actively wanted you to drive with the app open and ideally think about where you're going whenever you drive. Google Maps is just there as a tool to use as needed.

With so much in common in terms of basic purposes other than user traffic reporting, I just don't see how they plan to keep both separate for long.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby bretmcvey » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:20 pm

Hopefully Google/Waze will have a roadmap soon. The announcement is likely and understandably going to result in numerous editors abandoning both Waze and making updates in the editor. I'm more a fan of Waze than I ever was Google Map Maker and updating the Google Maps. I've had updates that are still awaiting review that were made over a year ago in Map Maker. Waze has always been responsive and direct.

Some kind of direction would be appreciated... such as Google's vector street data replaces what's presently in the Waze editor.... some kind of direction or idea of what to expect. As it stands now Waze saying things will keep running as they are doesn't really have a convincing ring to it to validate sticking around and updating map data that's destined for the scrap heap.

Hopefully both parties will figure something out soon after some evaluation so avid editors know they won't be wasting their time/effort.

Congrats though to the Waze team for being so highly sought after!
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby bretmcvey » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:57 am

I've personally enjoyed Waze as a standalone option for well over a year, but congrats (if things become official) for the Waze team. It's obviously unfortunate that this will likely mean the numerous edits will be for naught in the long run.

Hypothetical positives and negatives going forward...

Negatives of the Google Buyout
  • Waze maps edits likely being scrapped entirely
  • The loss of a visually superior navigation client (compare with Google Map's navigation mode)
  • The loss of live reporting (unless they adopt the Waze user reporting mindset, Google hasn't done anything involving user reporting in relation to the maps other than rating points of interest)

Positives of the Google Buyout
  • Integration of Waze client engine for rendering navigation routes (compare with Google Maps and see how there's far less visual clutter now that the Waze client suppresses nearby road names)
  • Better POI searching (given it will be via the Google Maps app, but Google does have a more robust listing points of interest and with geo locations that will give more precise directions to a destination)
  • Editor elements making their way to Google Mapmaker
  • Integrating aspects of Waze (maybe user reporting and live user traffic data) in with Google Maps
  • The addition of the talented Waze team with the Google Maps team

There's lots more positives and negatives I'm sure to be factored... it will be interesting to play the waiting game to see how this all shakes out.
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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby banished » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:48 am

Pay to go: Exporting Waze IP costs Google NIS 800m

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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby banished » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:42 am

This would have been more interesting if Waze had bought Google Maps. C'est la vie.

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Re: Google buys Waze for 1.1B?

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:09 pm

wox33 wrote:Any word on distribution of that 1.3 Billion to all the users keeping Waze maps updated and relevant in the mapping ecosytem? I'm ranked around 240 in my state. That should be worth a couple thousand, right? ;)

While I too would welcome a cash for my time spent, I doubt the various investors like Microsoft who put up actual money, would agree to parting with any of their profit.
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