I know how to go to work!

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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby thefatveganchef » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:33 pm

One thing that isn't mentioned which I will bring up, is the design and intent of the app is to route you to work, home, and your other frequent destination. The reason? Lets say that there is a major accident, congestion or construction on part of your route. If Waze knows this it will route you around the issue and get you to your destination while the other people sit in that traffic. You get to your destination quicker than if you didn't let Waze route you. I have a 40 mile commute each way to and from work, and Waze has saved me from being late on several occasions. I am a proponent of letting Waze route me. However if you want to be that person running Waze, stuck in that traffic jam to let me know it is ahead and to have Waze route me around it and avoid, then that is fine. Waze needs to know that data.

Sometimes you are the person stuck in the jam, sometimes you are the person being routed around the jam.
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I know how to go to work!

Postby rwilsker » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Folks -

Love Waze, but I do need to vent on one topic - the new way that it tries to help me get to work or home when I first turn it on.

I go to work - let's see - about 250 times per year. I go home about the same number of times. (Okay - every once in a while I stop out first with friends for a beer....) So, honestly, I don't need help getting to work or getting home! But every time I turn Waze on (usually so I can keep an eye on road conditions), Waze prompts me cheerily with "Hey - are you going to work? Let me help you!"

Please - make that an option that I can turn off! (To be really clever, note that I turn it off every time! So prompt me with "You don't seem to want me to automatically help you go to work. Shall I turn this feature off?")

Best wishes to all and thanks for all the non-annoying things Waze does.
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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby russblau » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:47 pm

CBenson wrote:you can turn the feature off. Uncheck Menu>Settings>Advanced>Auto-learn routes to frequent destinations.


Kind of off-topic, but that feature is not really named very accurately. Waze learns what your frequent destinations are; it doesn't actually learn or store the specific routes to them. (And it is actually somewhat clever about guessing what your likely destination is, which seems to take into account the time of day and day of the week as well as your current location.)
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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby paragonaz » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:48 am

harling wrote:
AndyPoms wrote:I will chime in here with the new three-stage mute button. The options are All On/Alerts Only/All Off. This way using the "Alerts Only" option, you can be navigating to work, but Waze won't tell you to turn left/right, only alert you about hazards/traffic on the route.

Usability: I always thought it would be very helpful if Waze would not only alert you to traffic or hazards, but then tell you whether (and how) it has adjusted your route from what it otherwise would have recommended. Otherwise, "Alerts Only" will tell me there is a problem ahead, but now I have to keep my eye on the display in case Waze wants to "silently" re-route me.


Exactly!!! I just posted a similar request to turn off Nav Audio but leave Alerts on.. I hope someone is listening : -)
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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby omba_de » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:20 pm

CBenson wrote:
xstewiex99 wrote:waze does not actually learn your route, that is misleading it only refers to you home and work options.

Misleading - Yes, as waze is only learning your frequent destinations. Refers only to home and work options - No, waze used to route me automatically to church each Sunday. Waze recently changed to route me to the coffee shop I've started going to before church.

I can confirm that!
Ich 2 possible routes for my commute. It's no difference in time. It depends on my mood which one i choose. After taking like 3-5 (never really counted) waze uses this route as default... After taking 3-5 times the other one... It's set back to default...
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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby omba_de » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:15 pm

rwilsker wrote:Folks -

Love Waze, but I do need to vent on one topic - the new way that it tries to help me get to work or home when I first turn it on.

I go to work - let's see - about 250 times per year. I go home about the same number of times. (Okay - every once in a while I stop out first with friends for a beer....) So, honestly, I don't need help getting to work or getting home! But every time I turn Waze on (usually so I can keep an eye on road conditions), Waze prompts me cheerily with "Hey - are you going to work? Let me help you!"

Please - make that an option that I can turn off! (To be really clever, note that I turn it off every time! So prompt me with "You don't seem to want me to automatically help you go to work. Shall I turn this feature off?")

Best wishes to all and thanks for all the non-annoying things Waze does.

Hey rwilsker.
First of all: welcome to waze and to the forum!

But: before you post things like that: there's a search function in the forum. This was asked and discussed a several times!
And perhaps you should study the app first, before you start yelling ;)
Ther is a option to turn it off:
One is to delete your work address out of your favorites.
The other is to stop learning waze your most driven routes. (Sorry, but since I'm not native English speaking and not using the app in English, I have no idea how this is correctly called. But I bet someone knows ;) )

So, we are glad you found the forum. Use the search before posting and read the wiki ;)

Btw. many people (just like I do) like the function of Beeing routed on their daily commute ;)

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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby nMeans » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:51 am

harling wrote:I always thought it would be very helpful if Waze would not only alert you to traffic or hazards, but then tell you whether (and how) it has adjusted your route from what it otherwise would have recommended. Otherwise, "Alerts Only" will tell me there is a problem ahead, but now I have to keep my eye on the display in case Waze wants to "silently" re-route me.

+1. Yesterday, on my commute home, Waze wanted me to get off the freeway at an exit, then right back on. That seemed odd, so I ignored it. There were no obvious problems on the freeway, so I chalked it up to some minor glitch in the processing. About halfway home, Waze wanted me to get off the freeway and proceed the rest of the way on surface streets. This time it turned out that there was a traffic jam on the bridge, but I couldn't see it from where I was, so I took a chance ... and got caught in the jam. It'd be helpful if I could see (or better, hear) why Waze wants me to deviate from the usual route. There's already a "There's a better way" popup which would work for this sort of situation, but if I'm commuting alone instead of running Waze from the copilot seat for somebody else, you're absolutely right: I really need to hear how and why I'm being rerouted.

On a somewhat related note, it's hard to decide between the offerings in the Routes pop-up when no details are available. It'd be nice to be able to maybe long-press on a traffic-jam or other icon to see some information on where it is and what's going on there. Otherwise it might just be the case that Waze is routing me the long way around because that's the way I've ended up going the last few times, so it thinks it has learned a new preferred route.
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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby moogonk » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:22 pm

xstewiex99 wrote:waze does not actually learn your route, that is misleading it only refers to you home and work options.


To be clear: Waze isn't learning your route, it is learning your destination. It may choose a different route every time you go to a destination, based on traffic, etc.
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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby moogonk » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:37 pm

xstewiex99 wrote:yes but if you set it to alerts only it turns the sound for notification. as far as i know rerouting is part of navigation. so at least to me the its working as intended.


I see your point.

Perhaps a fourth state for alerts? :)

Probably just as good for me would be if the app would produce the "recalculating" sound when it finds a better route. After all, that is just what it did-- it recalculated and found a new, better route.
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Re: I know how to go to work!

Postby moogonk » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:13 pm

I agree. I consider it very important information.
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