Finally I wanted to get the China Waze forum a little bit alive and like to pop up a first question.
I was editing some roads in Shanghai and saw that there is actually no basic common way to name roads.
As you know, to get waze working as it should work it is essential that as many drivers as possible using it! However, a Chinese won't use waze if the whole map is in English (Pinyin) only.
My approach is now, to get the names in Chinese and Pinyin, this would be then, as far as I know, the first full useable map in Chinese and English for China. I might be wrong, but as I was buying a navigation a short while ago, no real "dual language" navigation was available.
Example for "dual-language" would be an road name input like:
南京西路 ／ Nanjing Xi (W) Rd
In order to keep the input shorter I would suggest to use abbreviations for North / East / South / West / Middle - (N) / (E) / (S) / (W) / (M), as well as for Road (Rd) or Avenue (Ave), same as on most of the official road signs.
Or does anyone has experiences with alternate street names? Will they be displayed on the map as well and could be used to name roads in Chinese and Pinyin?