Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:41 am

Welcome to Waze!

Let me know if you have any questions, particularly in the area of map editing! There's a really helpful wiki that gives you a crashcourse in editing and naming so it's consistent globally!

Here's the link: http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Best ... g_practice

Cheers!
-muchski

PS join the FB group, search Winnipeg Waze
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby cneuf802 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:29 pm

New wazer here. I'm from southwest manitoba and have just started some basic map editing. Lots to do out in the sticks. Hope to see some of you around on the map during my next trip to winnipeg.
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby umbrau44 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:30 pm

I've actually seen a few other Wazers over the past two weeks, which is a change! It's good to see.

However, I am very annoyed that BlackBerry development has stopped. I've used Waze quite a bit for well over a year and there have been few changes. Now there is no hope of any improvements which quite disappointing.
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Re: Winnipeg and Manitoba Wazers unite!

Postby muchski » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:06 am

Ok most of city edited now, prob 3/4 done.

Most of speed cams are there too!

Join the facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=137739143897 for more updates!
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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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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 » 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 » 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 » 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 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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