tonestertm wrote:This one might need to toggle with all of the regularly scheduled features, but how about a Speed Layer?
Since the "average" speed data shown in the editor has no relation to the time-of-day-based routing which Waze actually uses, I'm not convinced of the usefulness of the data.
An average-speed overlay such as tonestertm suggested would be quite useful to me. I use the speed data we do have available for a number of things wherein the value of its accuracy for certain times of day is not of critical importance.
These may not be the best examples, but they're what popped into my head at the moment:
• I'm gazing over a quadrant full of questionable base-mapped mountain roads or private driveways, and wondering how many of them have ever actually been traveled by Wazers? An average speed of zero is worth as much as hour by hour data to point out the unused ones that deserve closest scrutiny.
• One segment of a major boulevard in the middle of five others (not flanked by its own traffic signals) shows speeds exceptionally slower than others. With my eyes drawn to it, I'd be more likely to notice an obvious cause of false traffic, like an un-mapped parking lot with a hundred cars in it.
• Segments like frontage roads that are picking up wrong-way or obviously excessive speed data due to stray GPS tracks from adjacent freeway or main road segments would be easy to spot, and segments could be nudged or better aligned with GPS data to mitigate the problem.
Certainly, this data could be misleading and/or confusing to those who don't really understand the mechanics and foibles of the map, or the time-specific data that we cannot see, but if it were made available only to AMs and higher, I think it could be quite valuable to see it visually laid over the map, rather than on a segment by segment basis.