mikecash wrote:Yes, and it is wretchedly incomplete for Japan.
There are several splendid paid and free map and navigation app options available for Japan, with extraordinary accuracy and functionality, which I strongly suspect Waze will NEVER have. There is no language localization, they seem clueless to the fact we don't use street names and house numbers, there is ZERO basemap (we do it all from scratch), and even for a major city like Tokyo you will never see more than two or three Wazers active so it is useless for traffic information. When I first checked out the forum, I was amazed at all the posts about problems with the navigation function....because Waze is so poorly implemented here it never even dawned on me that it HAS a navigation function. Over here we mess around with Waze pretty much for the same reason you might while away some idle time pointlessly working on a jigsaw puzzle.
They are crap for map or point updates, the app is bloody useless (at least here) for what it purports to be, and the users apparently do 99% of the work on the thing. Yeah, I called it a half-assed app. And that's a charitable assessment of it.
I agree with you that there are better alternatives, either or not for free.
What I like is the community aspect, although I sometimes wonder why I just copy the TomTom- or Google Map into Waze.
What I do like is:
- The system automatically and very fast adapts to the traffic flow. And you are right that you need a certain amount of Wazers on a road for that. Here in the Netherlands the Waze community is growing fast (in my opinion), which greatly improves the system.
- The fact that one can edit a map and that is implemented within days (when they overcome the server capacitiy problems, that's to say).
- The feature that warns you for traffic construction, hazards and so on. I don't see that elsewhere.
- The feeling of being part of a community that spends time in improving a system from which everybody can benefit, for free!
- Warning messages al almost instantly put into the system, which prevents hazardous situations.
What I don't like is:
- Beause a lot of people do the editing, it's very hard to make the maps consistent (roundabouts, for example).
- The planning algorithm is bases on supposed average speeds for certain types of road, irrespective of it's location. This can lead to driving more kilometers and more minutes than you need to.
So, what's my mission:
- Improve the system wherever I can.
- Tell people about it.
- Spread the word, spread the word, spread the word...
That will lead to:
- A routing system that gets better by the minute.
- Safer travelling
- Enjoying the trip, because you really can attribute to the well being of others by the push of a button.
And yes: I still have my TomTom standby, since the routing depends on Internet servers, that are not always in the air...