daknife wrote:Start pushing it on all your friends, getting the word out is the only way to improve the service. Oh that and edit like crazy to make sure Waze knows there are alternate routes that work.
Yeah, I push it hard already but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference - for the last week or so there were practically no wazers on the major Sydney routes I was on. There's 5 million people in this city; if you picked it up and up put it in America it'd be like the 11th largest city or something (or so I've heard). We're not that small. But waze just hasn't caught on here.
Yesterday I actually forgot to turn waze on. I'm sold on the idea & I'm a 100% fanatic. And I forgot. Knowing myself well eventually I will stop using it altogether & it'll just be one of life's disappointments. And the reason will be that while I believed in it, and wanted to support it, @ the end of the day it just didn't have enough users to make it work.
A very wize friend of mine once told me to never bring a problem without also bringing a solution. So what I'd say is then is this: given I'm willing to pay for Tom Tom data that I can get via Apple Maps for free, then if waze licensed that data - or maybe data from several sources - to keep up with Apple Maps at the very least - then waze might be more useful - and I'd pay a subscription for that. Or waze needs to find another way to distinguish itself. Nobody ever chats in Sydney - how can you chat & drive? So the social networking part isn't working quite so well here. What else can waze do that nobody else does? Petrol prices - that's a good one - though not really applicable here in Aus. Police is good, but heck I can't report that while I'm driving! Deals? Combine with groupon or something for discount vouchers? "You're passing McDonalds - quote voucher XYZ for a free Little Mac"? I dunno. I suppose that with 20 million users you're not that worried about little old Sydney.
btw - the tom tom data via Apple Maps also sucked a few times. So it seems that I'm just stuck.