Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

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Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:17 pm

After I found some house numbers in Waze which had a range entered (single house number with "344-356" as the number, which doesn't work, BTW), I asked Ohad for some more detail on house address lookup works in the US in the app. Here is his answer:

Ohad via email wrote:When you start entering a search string, the autocomplete results are being populated by Google - if you tap one of the results and there's a Waze house number defined and properly matched for that result - that will be the navigation target.

If after entering a search string you ignore the autocompleted results and tap the 'search' button, the results shown will be a mixture of both Waze's and Google's search engine results. Again - if you tap one of the results that has a Waze house number defined for it (even a Google one), that house will be the navigation target.

One caveat is that if the search algorithm failed to match the correct street name in the Waze map, it cannot know there's a Waze number for it and this will not work.
Example - I searched for 'Sunset Court', and the Waze street name for that street is 'Sunset Ct' and for some reason the algorithm failed to match that - the house numbers you've entered in Sunset Ct will not be provided as a navigation target for me.

If this looks pretty good and matches our experience, I think we should be updating the House Numbers page. However, since not every country uses Google or another source, I wasn't sure how much we change on that page, and how, versus having some kind of country-specific page or maybe a new section of the HNs wiki page with country-specific lookup info.

One thing I can't necessarily verify 100% is "how to determine if there is a perfect match and the result is from a Waze house number"? When you search house numbers in the beta editor, the results are from Waze nearly 100% of the time, and the search pin lands at the stop point (on the road). Perhaps the stop point in the app would show the same? May need to test this out.

What's everyone's thoughts about this?
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby CBenson » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:58 pm

Hmm, when I search for "Montecristo Court" waze will return the waze street name of "Montecristo Ct" I wonder what's different.
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby ploben » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:46 pm

I saw Ohad say:
"One caveat is that if the search algorithm failed to match the correct street name in the Waze map, it cannot know there's a Waze number for it and this will not work.
Example - I searched for 'Sunset Court', and the Waze street name for that street is 'Sunset Ct' and for some reason the algorithm failed to match that - the house numbers you've entered in Sunset Ct will not be provided as a navigation target for me."

Is there still an issue with auto complete not matching Waze on suffixes?
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:42 pm

CBenson wrote:Something seems to have changed here for me. ..

I will need to test in order to agree. I know the last day or two, search has gotten wonky. There was one search phrase I entered which caused the autofill results to rotate between what looked to be 3 or 4 different sets of results constantly, without me changing or typing anything. It just kept switching and showing me different autofill lists over and over. I think there have been reports of this happening to other people too.
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby CBenson » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:29 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote: I asked Ohad for some more detail on house address lookup works in the US in the app. Here is his answer:

Ohad via email wrote:When you start entering a search string, the autocomplete results are being populated by Google - if you tap one of the results and there's a Waze house number defined and properly matched for that result - that will be the navigation target.


Something seems to have changed here for me. Now when I search for a street name without an address number, the autocomplete results correlate with the waze tab results rather than the Google tab results. Some of the waze tab results are populated from waze not Google (i.e. they are street name - city name combinations that are found only on the waze map and are not found on the Google map).

This seem to be the case regardless of whether I login with my usual account or with a clean account. (Although I don't have access to another phone to test at the moment.)
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby sketch » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:45 pm

CBenson wrote:That's a lot of house numbers.

Yeah, but there's a buuuunch of really-wrong ones, at least in my area. Rather have to nudge a bunch of automatically-added numbers than add them all in myself.
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby jdeyoung » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:23 pm

scerruti wrote:In San Marcos, CA Google uses McMahr Drive and Waze uses McMahr Road. (San Diego's GIS, SanGIS, matches Waze). Google returns different locations for the same address based on the use of Road or Drive. Both options appear in the client as suggestions.

Reported to Google. Any other fixes required in Waze?

Cases like these can only be identified by humans. It is often the case that the same base street name could be the same, but have different suffixes by design - street, court, place, etc. It is likely too that the house numbers could be same/similar especially in the city of Chicago which often has street and place suffix with the same base number - ie . 40th St and 40th Pl. - parallel to each other but clearly not the same locations.
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby CBenson » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:01 am

That's a lot of house numbers.
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:36 am

tonestertm wrote:Does this mean that we should be giving all "un-updated" House Numbers a nudge, after verifying they're correct, in order to increase confidence?

Maybe? :?
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Re: Waze app address lookup details (from Ohad)

Postby tonestertm » Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:29 am

Ohad on Waze HN source wrote:...we only take into account house numbers that a Waze community member explicitly entered or updated, and not house numbers that we obtained from possibly non-accurate external sources which have not been modified by an editor in WME. We trust you guys way more than we trust our external search providers which, in turn, we trust more than imported 3rd party data to our database.

Does this mean that we should be giving all "un-updated" House Numbers a nudge, after verifying they're correct, in order to increase confidence?
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