gordonski wrote:The problem of this feature would be, that Waze would have to filter out the speed data of trucks when calculating average segment speeds and slow-downs, since trucks usually drive slower than cars, especially on freeways. (Over here, vehicles with a max weight above 3.5 tons are limited to 80km/h / 50mph) Furthermore we would need a totally new kind of restrictions and reports, e.g. for roads that a closed for trucks but open for cars.
So all in all this is a similiar discussion as "Waze for bicycles" and so far Waze has not shown any willingness to integrate modes for different transportation categories...
As a commercial vehicle driver (not a tractor-trailer, but under DOT laws, and drive a large vehicle), I currently keep Waze on all the time. I make frequent stops and starts in my vehicle, which at times may impact the speed data on local streets, however the reports I make, whether it be of jams I self-report, or get caught in, or road closures I mark, probabloy outweigh what ever negative impact my speed data may have. Additonally, when I do stop, while I may not do so due to traffic, often I do create traffic, hence my reporting becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
On highways, or more open thorofares, however, I drive as fast if not faster than many smaller vehicles (in my state, we are directed in the driving manual to drive at a speed similar to the traffic flow, rather than the posted speed limit, just as it is for non-commercial vehicles).
Make Waze more useful for commercial drivers, and the app will be more useful for everyone, despite having features many will not use (i.e. restrictions on weight, height, length, etc., although even these could prove somewhat useful to some of the general public, like those who rent moving vans and other oversized vehicles, not prepared for the necessity of planning a route that accomodates their larger vehicle.)