Wazers on the map

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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby Jonnyhuk2 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:41 am

Hi, do you only see slow moving wazers on the client map or is that a speed bug?

I ask as whenever I tap on a wazer to bring up their info, they're always doing "under 10mph" or "around 25mph" even when they're on a fast road with a 70mph limit during off-peak times. I can't believe not a single wazer on the map isn't going above 50mph!

Does Waze not bother showing wazers who aren't held up in slow traffic?

It's just as important to know when a road is clear (as confirmed by other wazers driving down there just before you) as it is to know when a road is busy. But if Waze hides faster moving drivers, you can't be sure if the road is clear or if no wazer has been there yet to report the problem!

My morning commute is on busy main roads but you don't see many, if any, wazers on the map. I used to use Trapster, that would highlight roads where a fellow user had recently been, hence you knew the road was clear. We could do with something similar with waze, like a confirmation that the road is indeed clear.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby chapelheel66 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:07 pm

I agree with keepitmovin. I think this is something Waze should try and rethink in terms of implementation.

Rather than building a sense of community, I think having wazers on the map in its current form does just the opposite because it is a letdown to know that the people you think are there aren't really there.

If the wazer I see was 2-3 miles away 2-3 minutes ago, and if they are traveling in the opposite direction from me (at, say, 60 mph), aren't they something like 6 miles away from me at the time I see the icon? That's the length of my entire commute. There's a good chance that if I message them, they are already out of the car.

I understand the practical concerns mentioned, and I'm not griping about wazers being on the map (I know I can turn that off). However, I would like to see that "feature" be more useful, so I think Waze should be thinking of different approaches. For one, how about showing what direction the wazer was moving in at the time, with a tiny little arrow or compass symbol or something? I think that would help with me thinking that someone is not really in my vicinity anymore.

By the way Alan, I think I saw your waze icon on I-10 on Saturday (or maybe it was I-75). I just remember thinking your real name must be Alan DeBerg. :-)
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby TURBO--4 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:21 pm

I've been watching it on the highway and it updates every 2-3 minutes or miles. Nice knowing you have a "front door" as I followed one user across PA-80 who was reporting AND filling in the description so I knew exactly what to expect. I send him a message thanking him for his accuracy over the last hour or two.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:11 pm

keepitmovin wrote:ok...so what is the point of showing them when they are not really where it shows they are? maybe the icons should appear as ghosts.

Just the sense of community is one. Also, you can still tap on someone and ping them. If they didn't show on the map at all, you couldn't do that. And for those who don't care/don't want to see them, or those who are bothered by the tardiness of locations ;) , they can decide not to show the Wazers.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby keepitmovin » Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:45 pm

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:Real time would be near impossible and completely hose the entire Waze network. Millions of people would opt-in and then we'd have network gridlock with the servers trying to keep user location sent out every second. Your phone would also run at a crawl speed as it tried to keep hundreds of local Wazers updated in real time on the map.

No thanks.


ok...so what is the point of showing them when they are not really where it shows they are? maybe the icons should appear as ghosts.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:14 am

Real time would be near impossible and completely hose the entire Waze network. Millions of people would opt-in and then we'd have network gridlock with the servers trying to keep user location sent out every second. Your phone would also run at a crawl speed as it tried to keep hundreds of local Wazers updated in real time on the map.

No thanks.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby ncc1701v » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:39 am

If you want other Wazers on the road to be able to find you, it's not so easy (privacy). If you want someone at home to be able to find you, there's good ole Glympse.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby keepitmovin » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:03 am

i think the concept of showing people on the map is great. but the way it is now is totally useless. if the person is not where it says they are they might was well not be there at all. it would be nice to have it real time for the people that want to opt in for example, understanding privacy concerns etc.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:45 pm

stevecody wrote:Thanks. That makes sense.

I think I'll get my wife to turn Waze on while we're out driving and she can track my Wazer and see how often I'm updated.

I've done this before, and depending on speed, it can be miles different. The view of Wazers in the app is also limited to something like 40, so depending on density, you will only see a fraction of actual wazers. This feature is to give a sense of community and be an actual representation of everyone's true location. That would take up way more of everyone's data plan that it already does, impact the Waze servers sending this data, and would significantly slowdown the app if it was trying to update the position of 2000 wazers near you.
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Re: Wazers on the map

Postby stevecody » Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:02 pm

Thanks. That makes sense.

I think I'll get my wife to turn Waze on while we're out driving and she can track my Wazer and see how often I'm updated.
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