I'm a huge fan of your work, and the waze is my primary alternative to driving to everywhere, but I have some concerns about it, that I wanna to share with you.
Pls, consider all the following as suggestions from a sincere and open-minded perspective.
One single tap to drop an alert, after that, the google voice recognition engine should be invoked to the user say 'accident seen' or 'hidding cops'... the community should be requested to help identifying what some user advised, if the spoken description isn't so clear
Should be even better, if alerts could be triggered by some keyword like "SUPERWAZERS that's an accident here", without even be necessary to tap the screen.
This word coud be trained, or changeble by the user.
Distribute points to users that help to improving waze, after they turn off their cars
Let's "After arrive" "translate" a voice alert dropped for some near user:
Just play an alert of other user, let one or two users actually inform what alert was dropped by the driving one, and parse this alert in your servers to generate a base of spoken keywords to future alerts, that's localized, after all.
Drop some Hints of usage to the user in phone notification area minutes after that they arrive.
Ok guys, the old software school says you should let your user choose what he want, and how, and where; so the new software trend is to magically discover what user need, and not offer anything else, and I'm talking about map theming here. Grab user data about the least popular themes and start dropping they one after another until it do not matter anymore.
Do you have much data, guys, don't miss use they.
Until we haven't voice alerts, simplify they
"Accident alert" so I become alert and look to that, but there isn't accident at all (or the guy was helped), so I wanted click "Not exists" when I almost crashed my own car!!
So please, simplify ALL THE ALERT INTERFACE to prevent problems to your software. Figure that if the incidents raise significantly, someone could take down the entire software (aka ban it from smart phone stores).
Photo update of gas station prices
Offer an interface to take a photo of gas prices banner, parse it in server to auto update prices, and confirm then after arrival.
Let me add details to an alert after the arrive
Just put some notifications om my phone to let me fill out more detailed data about an alert, or update gas station updates, by comparison with an image.
Most trips are short ones, so the datails coul wait.
More social interactions
Offer to post a medal, on social media, to an user that helped in voice "recognition" alerts, or to parse some price update on taken by a photo.
Let people say "I earned the bronze medal of voice helping #waze and helped [# of users that received the alert] users", and give then some extra points.
An API to foment development
Launch a challenge to the community, let then create extensions to waze and do an annual contest to buy some of then. Make it clear about the price policy in advance, set a price range to these buys.
I am a developer, I've just thinking and typing this message for weeks, if I had time, and an API I should be a great contributor of waze, so please, give me the tools, so I can help me, and eventually some other users...