For Professional Truck Drivers

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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby jpartain89 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:28 am

Ok, so I have a few thoughts on this exact subject....

First off, my trucker boyfriend HATES the existing GPS systems that semi-truck drivers are essentially REQUIRED to purchase in order to perform their jobs at all! They are based off of old, outdated coding standards from the pre-google maps era of the internet.... Not to mention the fact that if you don't get the system that says "FREE LIFETIME UPDATES", you have to pay for any updates!!

Second, the last time I ran with him, I had Waze running on my phone while his GPS was running, and basically until you're inside of a city, they are more or less the same routes.

Third, the information clearly exists out there, somewhere, since these GPS companies are providing a product with it (weight limits, height limits, etc.). I'd imagine that this information is in the same places that we already are utilizing to help us build out Waze's maps (city, state, US-wide websites). Its just the matter of pulling it in/having users input just like everything else we've all done here.

Fourth, and possibly the most lucrative part!?!? Not only would truckers most likely pay for this! (either a small monthly fee or an upfront price cheaper than the current systems), but the largest companies would most definitely be up for it, just from a safety perspective! Then, with the possibility of building in the various tracking systems that these companies utilize, this could be a huge income!

The majority of the information is already inside of Waze! It would be just as simple as adding in the heights for bridges (which is already a "partial" editing field in the Waze map editor), the weight restriction for bridges (which could be a simple addition) and "no truck routes" which is just another "turn restriction" addition.

I honestly believe adding trucking routes would be a huge boon to not just Waze and its user base - adding hundreds, if not thousands of truckers - but it would be a HUGE data set that Google could then also utilize! I just honestly see no downsides whatsoever!
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby mbowler2010 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:47 pm

I'm a web developer currently tossing around the idea of making a waze like app for truckers/rvers. What requirements would you guys like the app to have? Obviously height and weight restrictions but what else?
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby NicolasWaisman » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:54 am

What if we gather a considerable number of volunteers to be available to map just all those new features?
I personally consider bringing truck drivers to the ecosystem will render a more secure environment for all of us.
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For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby Roadeo1 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:06 pm

Would it be possible for WAZE to have a CDL-A GPS version? Meaning the system would avoid low bridges and restricted routes and bridges?
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby sidaorb » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:59 am

Surely a very simple solution would be to have an add button for users to place height, weight and width restriction points to the current map, these would then be visible to other users. Maybe on a separate on/off switch for this feature would mean 'car' drivers could disable it, similar to a POI catagory.
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby SkiDooGuy » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:34 pm

Unfortunately this is a very hard feature to implement.

It has been inquired about several times, but long story short, don't expect it any time soon.

There are several MAJOR hurdles to overcome when considering trucks. Not the least of which include things like GVWR and road weight limits, seasonal weight restrictions, and heights of the trucks and overpasses.

Getting things like weight allowances and bridge heights would be paramount to that feature otherwise trucks would be routed down places they cannot go.
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby SkiDooGuy » Fri May 17, 2019 7:57 pm

Again, a lot of it comes down to liability on Wazes part. If they say an overpass is a certain height and it’s not true, they run the possibility of a lawsuit if the truck impacts the bridge.

Would it necessarily hold up in court? I have no idea, I’m not a lawyer. But I know that’s one of their reasons for not having a truck mode on the roadmap.
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby Spondzile » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:28 am

+1
That would be an epic ubdate and also It gives you a lot of new users !
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby steelguitarlane » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:17 pm

SkiDooGuy wrote:Unfortunately this is a very hard feature to implement.

It has been inquired about several times, but long story short, don't expect it any time soon.

There are several MAJOR hurdles to overcome when considering trucks. Not the least of which include things like GVWR and road weight limits, seasonal weight restrictions, and heights of the trucks and overpasses.

Getting things like weight allowances and bridge heights would be paramount to that feature otherwise trucks would be routed down places they cannot go.


So Google is unable to do that which Garmin and Rand McNally have been doing for around fifteen years?
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Re: For Professional Truck Drivers

Postby unjek » Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:37 am

Would be great if there was option to use waze as sat nav for larger vehicles.
Liability shouldn't be an issue, as driver is responssible for driving vehicle. Sat nav is just guidance as roads do change anytime.
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