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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:35 pm

I can see why post-reporting may be useful. But it would have to have a limit in terms of distance or time from your current location. Some hazards may be gone 5 minutes later, so reporting it doesn't help other wazers if it is already removed.

In US/Canada, you can report hands free and that is the plan for Android and non-North America too at some point.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue May 01, 2012 4:31 pm

rodsterb wrote:I'd like to see a text version of my route before I start off. Sort of turn by turn navigation so I can scroll through and see if this is the way I want to go or not. I like the feature that shows me in advance that I'm going to the right destination, I would just like to see how it is planning to take me before I start.

Waze's current features do kind of dance around that subject. It shows a graphical preview when you request alternate routes, and it gives you the nav list of the currently selected route, but not a nav list for the alternate/proposed route.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed May 02, 2012 4:52 pm

spamworthy wrote:I'd like to be able to pick a destination off a map, rather than entering the address, and also to add a favourite place with a 'where i am now' button.

You can do this now.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon May 14, 2012 10:06 pm

somburan wrote:2. Best gas price/Best food along the way.

On the short term plan.
somburan wrote:3. Check major events at destination or along the way that may impact traffic.

Already part of the system.
somburan wrote:4. Preplan trip with preset preferred ETA. Also notify (email) if anything (traffic jam, events, weather) that may impact ETA.

For the underlined part only, you do get a popup alert, but no email notification when ETA is affected by new traffic conditions. It would be a nice feature to enable 'autosend of ETA change if >x minutes"
somburan wrote:5. Store traffic history on server, and use 5 days traffic pattern (or 3 weekends for Sat/Sun...since weekend traffic may be different than workday traffic) to calculate route/time

Waze stores historical traffic data in 10 minute intervals by day.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon May 14, 2012 11:54 pm

xteejx wrote:4? What popup alert?

Lol. Sorry. I modified my answer for clarity.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed May 16, 2012 4:46 am

xteejx wrote:Didn't think so. I must have read it wrong, or Alan is purposely trying to confuse me. :-)

Per what I wrote, I was only responding to the underlined part which mentions the ability to notify on ETA change. When driving and the ETA changes due to updated traffic conditions, you do get a popup notification.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri May 18, 2012 5:51 pm

somburan wrote:Thank you for your prompt answer and sorry I didn't make it clear. I mean an email alert even before I take off so that I know I may need to depart earlier than schedule to cope with the traffic. :-)

I realize now how I took part of what you wrote and totally changed it with my answer, and also confused some readers. :)

The Android is the only one which currently has the feature which allows you to see travel time based on time of day using a graph. There are future plans to integrate Waze into calendar/reminders of smartphones to alert you when you should leave in order to arrive at your destination by your specified arrival time.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Sat May 19, 2012 4:48 am

tweissin wrote:One thing that irks me every time I hear it is the incorrect grammar when it says

"drive safe"

I always follow up with "ly" in my head or out loud. It should be a simple fix... Just rerecord it.

Waze uses spoken-English phrases which are not technically dramatically correct, but are "normal" and in common use. "Take a right" instead of "turn right" is also used.

This shortening of "safely" and using "safe" as an adverb is exactly like saying "drive fast," "travel light," "run deep," "fall short," or "aim high" to name just a few phrases which are completely accepted, yet not completely dramatically correct. ("Feel bad" is correct but not "feel badly.")

I say we just not worry about it, and if Waze wants to re-record it or change the TTS phrase, they can.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:09 pm

xteejx wrote:Editors, and especially AMs should not be editing without posting. The wiki isn't complete or infallible.

I don't agree. I've see awesome editing done by people who have 1 or 2 posts. They visit but don't necessarily post. Post count is not indicative of a connected community member.

Some remain non-contactable because they never provide a valid email address. I've always been, and often requested, that Waze require email validation. Something as simple as the "click this link to complete the registration process" could help with a number of the people who register with fake emails. After a week without verifying, delete the account/mark it as invalid and make them register a new name.
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Re: Abilities you'd like to see

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:14 pm

gordonski wrote:What if Waze sent emails or PMs to AMs when a UR is submitted in their managed areas?

Many of us would be very happy to have the RSS feeds working again.
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