kentsmith9 wrote:When being routed in the main lane and I am in the HOT lane, Waze updates my ETA live with earlier times in 1 minute increments (does not build up and suddenly change my ETA with a message). I assume this is altering the main lane timing for the non HOT/HOV drivers. Since Waze is able to assess I am in the HOV/HOT lane when I first start navigating, I would think it could ask me if I am in that alternate lane after being there for more than a few miles. I also assume that since Waze tracks actual vehicle paths even though it displays me in the main lane, it hopefully is not adding my faster time to the main lane average speed.
This will probably affect the "current traffic" speed, yes, but it shouldn't affect historical data, provided that the GPS traces are accurate enough. That's done with later analysis once your drives are uploaded.