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Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:57 am

Hey everyone! I have noticed quite a bit of people using waze in our fantastic province and thought I'd start a subthread here for anything relating to Waze in 'Toba!

I have created a facebook group a while ago that you are also most welcome to join:
search "winnipeg waze"

Most importantly get as involved as you can! That is the only way we will achieve critical mass here! ---Turn on waze whenever you drive, it will collect invaluable data and provide real time traffic without any effort on the users part!

-And if you see a road missing from the map record a new path, but only do so once, otherwise a million red recorded roads show up on the cartouche aka waze map editor

-Use cartouche to edit road names, geometry, and to connect the roads together which is necessary for navigation to work!

WE CAN DO IT! YOU CAN HELP!
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:55 am

Sadly Waze 2.0 with the new groups feature is not yet available to Android (but came to iPhone about a week ago) but fortunately worldcoast (one of the frequent Wazers in Winnipeg) has created a Winnipeg Waze group. If you are using iPhone please join the group now and if you are running Android I hear by end of August 2010 we should have the major new version 2.0. Other platforms will be getting 2.0 in the coming weeks after that but it appears iPhone is the test platform for now and new versions get ported to other platforms once they are thoroughly tested.

I've been really impressed, seen about a dozen brand new users in the past week or so, so please keep up the momentum and remember all you really have to do is turn Waze on when you commute and traffic data will be automatically calculated and shared for everyone benefit. If you wanna be more active please report police traps, accidents, construction, etc and if you are super eager please help me slowly chip away at the big map editing project for our great 'Peg City' which is moving along swiftly. PM me any questions or email winnipegwaze@gmail.com or ask on the wall of the Winnipeg Waze facebook group!
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby umbrau44 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:44 pm

The groups feature is not available on the Blackberry yet, either.

I found the latest beta somewhere on the forums (1.9.8.7) and it still needs some work for my 8530. Most bb users would not find it worth the aggravation to use it at all, especially when it gives weird routing suggestions.
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:14 pm

Hey umbrau44 I should've subscribed to this thread, sorry for missing your post! Yeah definitely lots of envy towards iPhone version 2.0. Tons of cool features. You can join the Winnipeg Waze group from the Dashboard I believe. There is a new groups link bottom right of the page.

I'm glad that the BB version has progressed pretty quickly since its first release. It took quite a long time to port the code over, but it seems development has sped up. Tons of ppl with GPS equipped BBs out there, and it's a big boom to the Waze community.

We've been off to a slow start in Winnipeg, but I feel that we are having more and more devoted users like yourself, Mike, fritzy, meguska, worldcoast, etc. and that's really what you need, people to use it consistently. I've seen tons of people come and go - it's a catch 22 because most people would use it if there were more people, but until you have people sticking around using it consistently, you won't reach that critical mass! So every user is crucial, because it provides more incentive to keep using it yourself! So best way to grow our community is word of mouth, telling friends and family etc. I've been trying to get curve or hot103 to plug it, but I think I need to remind them a few more times. :)

Which area of town are you in mostly? I can edit the roads there (naming, connecting, changing road type, etc) to make your experience a little nicer. My goal is to label all the roads in the city. I've covered a big strip from north perimeter basically main to henderson, and up to mcphillips on the west and gateway on east in some parts, going all the way down to downtown, where i am working now. If you have any questions or ideas just give me a shout!

Thanks!
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby umbrau44 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:48 pm

I live in Transcona but I work outside of Winnipeg, in Rosenort. On my way home, I usually take the perimeter to Lagimodiere, then go east on Fermor to Plessis and go north. For some reason, it is very insistent about having me turn on to Plessis at the perimeter (a terrible intersection and gravel until Fermor), even to the point of wanting me to make a u-turn at Bishop Grandin and Lagimodiere.

I have also noticed that at will ask me to change lanes to the opposite direction on highway 75 for no apparent reason. And the final bit of strangeness is around the clover leaf at Pembina highway and the perimeter. It has shown directions for going the wrong way on the ramps.

I did manage to find the groups in the dashboard, I didn't know it was there before.
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:22 pm

Hey umbrau!

I somehow missed your reply here. I will try to edit the sections of waze you described and hopefully that clears up your navigation. The problem is that with a "virgin" map, which has not been edited in that area, if roads aren't connected, turns allowed etc, then waze will helter skelter and connect the dots as best as it can. Waze recently announced $25 million in new funding and plans to overhaul the map editor or cartouche to make it easier to use. If you are interested in editing roads you could go to the live map link above and then hit update map. There is a bit of a learning curve but the community wiki page has lots of good tips http://www.waze.com/wiki/

Basic jist of it is Ctrl + Clicking to select roads, inputting street names with St for street, Ave for Ave (no period), make sure city says Winnipeg and country says Canada. If one way street, setting direction sometime takes a while to get use to (as it just has arrows <- and -> which do funky things for vertical streets, or angled avenues. You also have to click on intersections to enable all turns or to block turns. It sounds kind of confusing but you can get the hang of it before you know it!
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby kurzz » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:13 am

Hi I just found out about Waze from a video podcast called Geekbeat.tv

Anyway, I live in the south east area of Winnipeg and often commute through downtown.The routes are often incorrect, absurd and unreliable so I would have to rely on another GPS for serious driving but I really hope Waze improves soon and use it just for fun. I don't plan to be as active as editing maps but I do hope to have it always on when I drive and report things. It's a little bit disheartening to see so few Winnipeg wazers...feels like a ghost town lol.
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:58 am

Hey nice to hear from you!

Yeah the navigation is not quite ready for prime time in areas that haven't been fully edited yet but simply driving with Waze on helps tons! Like you say, sometime feels like a ghost town sometimes but its encouraging to see lots of new users all the time and I have seen quite a few people on although it is not as consistant as we would like it for highly usable traffic info.

My goal is to edit all of Winnipeg and I have done approximately 20 percent of the city so far and will continue chipping away at it until it is done. Which areas of downtown are giving you problems? I can prioritize those. You can also report missing turns, incorrect driving instructions, missing roads etc within the app then I can direct my attention to those spots. Another thing you can do to help is to promote, promote, and promote some more. Get your friends and families using it and we will be sure to grow it by word of mouth. Despite not having live traffice everywhere the photo radar reminders are super useful as would be reports of police traps, accidents, etc. :)

Thanks for your help! Every little bit counts!
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby kurzz » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:33 pm

I would say most problems for me occur when it doesn't know what restrictions are at some intersections. The most notable is the north-bound Main and Portage intersection, which has a no-left turn, and again on Higgins and Main.

Also some neighbourhoods have no streets. Do you know if Waze gets its maps from another source like Google or does it rely on users to create the roads?
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:03 pm

Ok I will be sure to fix those two for sure!

Waze got the base maps from Govt of Canada but while roads and their shape are there, naming depends on Wazers.

In the old days, lol approx 1 + year ago when there were no base maps, you had to record roads yourself and then name them. In most parts of the world outside North America where there are no base maps, Wazers have built complete detailed maps from scratch in cities like Rome, Paris, etc... Pretty wicked stuff. It's like Wikipedia for Google Maps except you have to be either area manager or a person who has driven down a road to have permission to edit which makes sense!

I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have or if you prefer there is a good Wiki found on the community tab above with tons of info including editing basics should you want to name perhaps the roads you commute on in your neighbourhood.
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