Replacing the Base-Map in India (now live!)

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Replacing the Base-Map in India (now live!)

Postby Unholy » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:17 pm

Hi Wazers,

We wanted to bring you up to speed in regards to some changes and updates in the Waze map of India. Due to unique commercial challenges we have just encountered, Waze base-map in India is being replaced with a new and improved map. The new map, which will be deployed over the next few days (see details below) is of much greater quality and coverage: it contains 9.7 million segments vs. 4 million of the current map and a total of 9.25 million streets vs. 3.82 million we have today.

Changing a base-map of a country is an extreme step for Waze that is seldomly practiced. We believe that in the India case, due to the greater quality and coverage as well as the unique commercial challenges we face, this change should be done quickly and that all users and editors in the country will benefit from it. The new map will allow us to gain more popularity and reach more Wazers in many more cities all across India.

Rest assured that all the editors' achievements and data will be saved and remain the same. That includes points for your past edits, editing rank, managed areas number of edits etc. Achievements of all Waze drivers, such as KMs driven, reports, update requests and achievements will also be saved. Waze credentials (user name and password) will remain the same.

There are a few implications you should be aware of:

1. Starting today, Sep. 11th and until Sunday Sep. 15th, the WME in India will be locked and not available due to infrastructural upgrades.
2. On Sunday Sep. 15th, the new base-map in India should be ready and available to all users.
3. Due to this transition, the entire existing map will be removed (all segments, nodes, landmarks, roundabouts etc.) along with all the changes that were done by the community editors up to this date.
4. The Waze app will be available through the transition period, and you should not have any problems using Waze on your smartphone.
5. Waze teams are ready to provide support and address any issues that might rise due to the transition.

We take much pride in the local community of Wazers in India, and believe that with the help of the local editors and users and with the new base-map, we can make this transition as fast and smooth as possible. We don't expect any major issues or delays with the transition.

We would love to get your feedback about the new and improved map through this forum. Waze.com/support is your address for all technical questions, as always.

Thank you,

Ori
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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby lunarplexus » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:11 pm

Wow. This really is huge. On one hand, I feel so sad that all the hard work we put in is going to be lost. On the other hand, I know Indian base maps need a major overhaul so this does give me some level of joy.

I was wondering, will the roads be properly aligned this time? There was a major misalignment with the last map and a lot of time went into just aligning roads with GPS points.

If roads will be better aligned, that would make me very happy indeed.

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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:48 pm

This is a really big deal. Yowza. You all got enough coverage to fix all the major routes pretty quickly?
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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby lunarplexus » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:38 am

Nowhere close to enough, man. There are just a handful of active users.

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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby vcoolvin » Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:45 am

Woow this is a good news, I am very happy and sad too and excited as well, mixed emotions, As lunarplexus pointed out that only a handful of people are active and these are the people who have done a lot of work and so sad that it will be gone. But then happy and excited because there were places where too much work was needed to be done there isnt enough time to do it, would have taken months and years to complete them, but with the new base map it will all be taken care of and things are going to get eaiser for many editor. I am sure many more people in india will be attracted towards waze once this news reaches the crowd. Awesomeness.

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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby lunarplexus » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:41 am

While you're replacing the base map (I presume from google) why not include POIs from Google as well; maybe even gas stations?

I had mentioned this in the forum a long time ago. Now it looks like a possibility.

And many Google POIs are inaccurate in India so this would be a good opportunity to not only merge all the POIs witg waze but also let us editors update them and make them more accurately located.

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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby senmaps » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:26 am

Thanks , That is a good move and Happy that all my edits in Google have started reflecting in Waze now. I stopped editing waze for sometime now (although couldnt resist adding some changes over last week) and concentrated on Google Map maker instead. Anyways happy to note that Waze will reflect all those changes ( no points earned ;-( )

Also got the answer to my earlier thread in this regard.
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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby madhuvsan » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:50 am

While I fully agree with lunarplexus and vcoolvin concerns, and so do we the editors in India shall more focus on MapMaker going forward than WME? Then waze can merge back from Google periodically. Otherwise I don’t see any point in fixing issues reported through Waze hence forth.

The other thoughts : Can Waze edits done by users be merged back to Google and then Waze completely take all the Google base map. This way both Google and Waze gets benefitted. But I am not sure how practical it would be. And this is how it should work in the interest of all Waze community..
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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby Kuhlkatz » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:42 pm

It may be that Google has more roads covered, but in general the Waze naming is far more accurate than Google's.
It's a pity that this part will not be retained.

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Re: Replacing the Base-Map in India

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:48 pm

madhuvsan wrote:The other thoughts : Can Waze edits done by users be merged back to Google and then Waze completely take all the Google base map. This way both Google and Waze gets benefitted. But I am not sure how practical it would be. And this is how it should work in the interest of all Waze community..

This was answered several times in the Google joins Waze thread: No. Google maps and Waze are separate products and there is no plan to merge them. Three years from now is a different story.
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