Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

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Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby krankyd » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:42 pm

Hi guys,
Glad to be on the forums again!


Recently Waze has added Gas Station prices as one of the crowd sourced features it offers to its millions of Wazers around the world.
While the experience on the Waze app should be the same for all users, the back end works a little different - based on your country - and therefore when you're editing Gas Stations, you'll notice a different behavior in Different countries.

Not familiar with this feature and want to see how it works on the app itself? See our wiki article here.
The purpose of this post is to explain where we stand in the matter of adding new gas stations, and updating gas prices.


Adding a new gas station vs. Adding a new landmark:

The list of gas stations you see when searching for Gas stations near your location comes from a special list of Gas Stations, and not from the general list of landmarks.
Adding new stations to this list depends on the country you're in.

In the US:
* Waze has a full set of Gas Stations, and at the moment we're not able to update stations on this list.
* Adding a new landmark of Gas station type will NOT add the station to the list. It will add it to the map, and if you enter a name, you will be able to search and navigate to it - just like any other landmark - but won't be able to update prices.
* We currently don't have the Gas prices feature available in Canada.

In all other countries of the world:
* We have added Gas / Petrol brands based on your feedback so far, so when you add a gas station landmark in your country, you should see an option to choose a BRAND.
* No Brand choice in the ediotr? Contact us and send us the full list of brands in your country. See this part of the wiki article for more info on what we need in order to add it.
* Once you update the gas station, it will be added to our lists, and once your country has the gas price feature (see below), you will be able to update the price for that country.
* Keep on updating more gas stations - you're making great progress (see this blog post by Edon for more details).
* Once we feel a country has good coverage of gas stations, we will enable the gas prices feature in that country (see below).
* Waze is also checking various options to have a full list provided and updated to the system (as we did in the US). Once we have these lists, we will integrate them with all the gas stations you've entered. You will also notice new gas station landmarks will be added where they were missing. In other countries (outside the US), you will be able to edit gas stations even if they are imported.

In any way, your work on the gas stations now will not be lost - so for those who have already started mapping gas stations, keep up the good work!

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Updating Gas Prices:

In the US:
* We get new prices update automatically once a day, but we still rely on the community to keep them updated, as gas prices change frequently.

In all other countries of the world:

* In most countries the gas price feature isn't available yet, as we're waiting to have a good coverage of the gas stations before starting the service.
* We will slowly add this feature to more and more countries as we feel the coverage there is sufficient. As mentioned before, we're working on adding a full list of gas stations to a few countries, and hopefully we will have the gas price feature in your country in the near future too!
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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby jasonh300 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:02 pm

Welcome back, Dror!

krankyd wrote:In the US:
* We get new prices update automatically once a day, but we still rely on the community to keep them updated, as gas prices change frequently.
(bolding mine)

This doesn't seem to be happening, at least not around here.

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After I updated this one, I thought that maybe it was because this is an independent station, so I drove around and found a Chevron and a Shell that had not been updated in 5 days either. (Sorry, no screen captures on those two)
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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby mapcat » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:28 pm

jasonh300 wrote:Welcome back, Dror!

+1!

jasonh300 wrote:This doesn't seem to be happening, at least not around here.

Most update daily around me, but I've also seen some that report last being updated 2 or 3 days ago. I also suspect that some of my updated prices have been changed back. Pretty sure I posted $3.89 at a station after a big jump, and saw it showing $3.69 by "3rd party" in the client later when I passed it again (still $3.89).
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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby jasonh300 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:34 pm

I'll keep an eye on that station and see if it auto updates to a lower price. The price I entered today for unleaded was 15¢ higher than the 3rd party price 5 days ago (which was probably correct at the time).
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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby KB_Steveo » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:17 pm

jasonh300 wrote:Welcome back, Dror!

krankyd wrote:In the US:
* We get new prices update automatically once a day, but we still rely on the community to keep them updated, as gas prices change frequently.
(bolding mine)

This doesn't seem to be happening, at least not around here.
Just because Waze updates once a day doesn't mean "3rd party" does.

mapcat wrote:Most update daily around me, but I've also seen some that report last being updated 2 or 3 days ago. I also suspect that some of my updated prices have been changed back. Pretty sure I posted $3.89 at a station after a big jump, and saw it showing $3.69 by "3rd party" in the client later when I passed it again (still $3.89).
Possibly Waze's daily update of outdated 3rd party pricing is overwriting yours? Maybe Waze can modify the way they import the data and compare last update times?
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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby clferraz » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:02 pm

Hi...

In Brazil, we use the comma as decimal delimiter instead of the point. The Waze for IOS does not accept comma to update fuel prices...
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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:41 pm

clferraz wrote:Hi...

In Brazil, we use the comma as decimal delimiter instead of the point. The Waze for IOS does not accept comma to update fuel prices...

Are you using v 3.2.2.0?

EDIT: Disregard. I believe this is still a known issue as someone already posted about price entry problems for Brazil in the official feedback thread for v3.2.2.0.
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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby deeggo » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:09 pm

clferraz wrote:In Brazil, we use the comma as decimal delimiter instead of the point.

Doesn't the whole world, except USA/Canada/UK?
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Re: Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby dmcconachie » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:12 pm

deeggo wrote:
clferraz wrote:In Brazil, we use the comma as decimal delimiter instead of the point.

Doesn't the whole world, except USA/Canada/UK?

So none of those that matter then! ;-)

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Re: Gas prices feature: everything you need to know

Postby deeggo » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:21 pm

LOL isn't USA the capital of France :lol:
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