Downloading maps... and STORING them!

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Re: Downloading maps... and STORING them!

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:23 am

Something like 20+% of map tiles change daily. It's likely that there are updates quite regularly which would require downloading anyway. As for why Waze doesn't cache more map data anyway, they've never really answered that.


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Re: Downloading maps... and STORING them!

Postby cbwierda » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:22 am

Aren't the tiles cached?
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Downloading maps... and STORING them!

Postby craiginsd » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:10 am

I've asked this before, but have never heard a response: I cannot understand the logic of Waze using a map database that cannot be downloaded for future use. With so many live events and traffic updates, it seems very clear that the bandwidth would be put to much better use concentrating on those elements that make Waze unique, and NOT burdening people's data plans with continuous map downloads. Why not allow the option to download maps and store them? That's not a rhetorical question... I'd really like to know if there's some reason this isn't facilitated. Navigon and any number of other navigation programs permit (or demand) that maps be downloaded to the device, so why not Waze. I would still like Waze to support real-time map downloads as necessary, but for most people who drive the same routes frequently, there is no need that I can see for those maps not to locally stored. That way, Waze could concentrate on better use of its available bandwidth.
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Re: Downloading maps... and STORING them!

Postby craiginsd » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:33 am

Thanks for the replies. I am hoping to hear something official from Waze support, as it appears Alan is. I do have trouble believing the map database is so immature or unstable as to need updating across 20% of the database each day. Were that the case, other programs that use preloaded maps would be sending people into all kinds of trouble! If the tiles ar indeed cached, it would be nice to have some control over the size of the cache, but I still contend that downloading first, then updating as necessary is the way to go. For instance, when I travel overseas, I either need to buy an expensive international data plan, or do without Waze. I'd certainly rather download the maps ahead of the trip, so that I have them in areas of poor reception, and when/if I DO opt-in for the international data plan, I'm not needlessly paying for map downloads I could've done at home!
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