Feature request: Filter audio alerts

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Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby CookeCity » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:07 am

After using waze for several months, one thing I'd like to see added is the ability to selectively disable certain categories of audio alerts. On major highways I get so many "vehicle on shoulder" reports and honestly on my route I'm not really interested in these reports, but I'd like to get everything else.

On some routes I'm sure this alert would be good to have, but I'd love to control when I get to hear them.



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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby notgreg » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:04 am

Menu -> Settings -> Display Settings -> Show On Map -> Uncheck Hazards

If it does not show on the map, I assume you won't be alerted to it. Although not perfect, it's the closest thing I can think of.

We should have more granular controls when it comes to the app. And it doesn't have to throw off those looking for simplicity. Other programs have basic and advanced versions of menus. They could do the same for Waze.
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:19 am

notgreg wrote:If it does not show on the map, I assume you won't be alerted to it. Although not perfect, it's the closest thing I can think of.

Sorry, that's not correct. You can hide hazards and cameras, etc., but you still get alerts. The selection in the menu is VERY specific. "Show on Map" is ONLY what that controls.
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby Tobias1977 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:17 am

I agree wholeheartedly. I drive in and around Washington, D.C. Every day. There are vehicles on the shoulder practically every mile. I'd love to turn off that alert and the alert for red light cameras. I've no intention of running red lights and they interrupt my music in the car. Can we please please please get the ability to disable select alerts!?
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby noname_78 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:53 pm

Absolutely agree though I would want more fine control than just turning off hazards. I don't want an audio alert for the countless car on side of road 'hazards' but I would still want an audio alert for much more hazardous 'object on road' hazard.
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby enjar » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:46 pm

While the "vehicle stopped on shoulder" is by far the most egregious offender, the "weather" alert can also be annoying.

On a typical commute of ~20 miles in the Boston area, I'll get 8-10 "vehicle stopped on shoulder" warnings. They generally are out of date and the signal to noise ratio is very unfavorable. I've disabled their display on the map, but they still pop up. They interrupt whatever I'm listening to and are making me contemplate deleting this app entirely because they are so numerous, annoying and generally useless.

The "weather" alert is another nearly useless feature that can also border on unsafe. By definition I'm out in the weather when I'm driving, so I'm not exactly surprised by snow, fog or rain. I can see those weather conditions by looking out the windshield, and if I can't see them, I likely shouldn't be driving at all. At one point during a winter storm I just turned off the app entirely because of all the "help" I was getting that told me it was snowing ... yes, it is. Now stop interrupting me so I don't slide off the road, thanks.

There are many great and helpful alerts out there -- object on road, cops, construction, accident ahead, etc. These are generally very useful and not over-used.
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby jimmyobomsawin » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:37 pm

Add my name to the list of people who wants more granular controls. I too live in Washington DC and the number of disabled vehicles on the Beltway causes Waze to continually spew useless information. Almost every major intersection in the District has a red light camera and since I have no intention of running a red I don't want to be warned. And I agree about the weather alerts, I am perfectly capable of seeing what the weather is like through the window.
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby amonath » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:00 pm

I concur with the opinions of the previous posters.
I'd also would like to disable the audio alerts for car on shoulder (usually 5 each way on commute), Red light camera (they're EVERYWHERE), Most weather alerts except for specific hazards like unexpected reduced traction (ice on otherwise clear road).
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby alexs001 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:10 am

I'm in for this too. Of particular note for me are the red light cameras, especially when along a frequent route.
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Re: Feature request: Filter audio alerts

Postby sternd12 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:22 pm

I am adding myself to this list as well. I recently drove a ten mile stretch of highway in the rain, and got nearly a dozen hazard alerts for rain. After every exit, sometimes in as little as half a mile, a new hazard alert would go off telling me it's raining. I think this is because weather events extends over large areas, unlike an accident or a speed trap. Ever time another Wazer merged onto the highway they would put up an alert because they were not on the road a half mile earlier to see the last alert. Some hazards are useful to know about, but control needs to be more specific/granular.
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