Places(point) vs Addresses

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Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby krikketdoug » Mon May 05, 2014 1:54 am

A related thread from the editor's point of view is located at: https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=89946

I'm referencing each thread because they are related, although different in matter, and I think there might be a cross-interest.

Right now I'm talking about the new Places(point) feature. When I'm in Downer's Grove, IL, and I look up "Red Lobster" I get the following results:

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I'm guessing that the human-head icon is the Places(area) reference, because I haven't seen it before, and it gives directions differently than a street address or a favorites search. Is this correct?

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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby Bigbear3764 » Mon May 05, 2014 4:19 am

The head means it is coming from your contacts. I just tried searching "mom" and get the same thing.
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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Mon May 05, 2014 4:59 am

Head = Contact
Star = Favorite
Clock = Navigation History
Marker = Google search result
Magnifying glass = search for this phrase

Arrow on the right means "put this text into the search box" (first line of text I think)

Did I miss any?

Waze Places will never (according to the founder) show in the autofull. You must search for it by tapping Search and not tapping one of the autofill results. Obnoxious right? We know. :roll: But if a search result matches a Waze Place, the Waze hit "wins." Could it be more complicated? Not much....
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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby coontex » Mon May 05, 2014 10:51 am

They need to have it so that waze would be the first search. With more and more places being added to the waze map it will get better results.


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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby krikketdoug » Mon May 05, 2014 6:08 pm

I agree that it should be the first search result.

Also, an additional thought: When I hit the "search" button and get the results that include the Places marker, I would like to see the name from the Places marker displayed. Right now it's only a bunch of addresses. If you're looking for (say) a restaurant with a lot of similar names, being able to choose based on the name in the database would be a good-thing in my book. 8^)

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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby sketch » Mon May 05, 2014 6:43 pm

mdavidsonjr wrote:They need to have it so that waze would be the first search. With more and more places being added to the waze map it will get better results.


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Instant does not give Waze results. (It will show favorites and recent destinations which are also Waze results, but it does not search the Waze database.) Waze results can't be placed first in Instant because they aren't placed in Instant at all.
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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Tue May 06, 2014 6:55 pm

mdavidsonjr wrote:They need to have it so that waze would be the first search. With more and more places being added to the waze map it will get better results.

Lots of us share your opinion. Waze disagrees and will not, for the foreseeable future, make this happen.
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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby krikketdoug » Wed May 07, 2014 12:40 am

AlanOfTheBerg wrote:
mdavidsonjr wrote:They need to have it so that waze would be the first search. With more and more places being added to the waze map it will get better results.

Lots of us share your opinion. Waze disagrees and will not, for the foreseeable future, make this happen.

Okay. I can accept this, but don't agree with the answer. Is it permissible to ask why this won't happen? It seems to be the next logical step...
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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed May 07, 2014 5:31 pm

krikketdoug wrote:Okay. I can accept this, but don't agree with the answer. Is it permissible to ask why this won't happen? It seems to be the next logical step...

Developing a new fuzzy-logic search algorithm against the Waze data sources is so many 100s (or 1000s) of hours which Waze does not want to spend on that when then can use Google's.
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Re: Places(point) vs Addresses

Postby krikketdoug » Wed May 07, 2014 11:35 pm

That makes sense. Thanks for following up!
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