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World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby orit_y » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:07 am

The World's Mega Traffic Events
Drivers Survival Kit

The Waze Community is working together to fight chaotic traffic events worldwide by

- Providing known closures and real-time data for unexpected hazards
- Helping drivers bypass heavy traffic during mega events in their area

First World Mega Traffic Event fought by the Waze Community – Tour de France

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How it Works
- Champs source events and closure locations
- Dedicated Event Survival Kit website is created for expected closures and real-time traffic updates
- Waze app automatically re-routes users around all closures during the event
- Relevant users alerted via inbox about event road closures and live updates from the field

Letting Wazers Know

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Results & Community Benefits

70% increase in activity of Wazers in preparation for the event

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Growing the Community

11.14% increase in new Wazers joining the community before TDF

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7% Increase in Total Kilometers Driven

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- French Wazers drove over 200 Million Kilometers during TDF!
- Tens of thousands of French drivers visited the Drivers Survival Kit website
- PR coverage of event's road closures and community efforts (In countries where we have local PR)


Want your community to be next?

All significant events can be considered from long term events to marathons, concerts -
you name it!


- Let us know about any relevant event in your area by filling out this Form

- Until we have an automated solution to update road closures via the editor, events will be hand picked by localization experts and country managers and the team will work directly with the community

- Upcoming events will be announced in this new forum and be covered thanks to your contributions

So are you ready? We can't wait!

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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby Jpere » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:04 am

I absolutely LOVE this idea.

I know Waze Champs will be taking care of the updates, but maybe in the future you can open it up to Area Managers, but in a more limited fashion.

For instance, maybe the Area Managers/Country Managers can have a way to provide update suggestions to Champs.

Just a thought.
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby AndyPoms » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:18 am

Jpere wrote:For instance, maybe the Area Managers/Country Managers can have a way to provide update suggestions to Champs.
That's what the forums are for... ;)
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby Xiltch » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:28 pm

A few days ago I was in the unfortunate position of trying to get to an event and Waze was unable to navigate me to the desired location due to a large amount of road closures for the actual event. Waze is still new in South Africa and did not know you could report public events. A few days after the event I was talking to the guys in the office and as i said "if only Waze could manage reporting events" i fount the report event button. I would however preferred capturing the event details prior to getting there in order to easily have navigated around without driving down each closed road. I look forward to when this kind of pro-active reporting will be switched on.
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby AndyPoms » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:57 pm

There are two systems that are already working - 1) the in-app closure feature and 2) the Traffic Events Center explained in the first post in this thread.

Please note that events submitted to the Traffic Events Center take time to process and be added to the system (it's not automatic yet).
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby deeggo » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:30 pm

AndyPoms wrote:There are two systems that are already working - 1) the in-app closure feature

Is it? I wish it would.
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby AlanOfTheBerg » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:42 pm

deeggo wrote:
AndyPoms wrote:There are two systems that are already working - 1) the in-app closure feature

Is it? I wish it would.

It does, but it is a rare to see working because it takes more than one user to close major roadways. A single user only has so much "power" and can't close major roads with a single report. We'd have a huge mess if one person could close major roadways during rush hour.
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby petervdveen » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:51 pm

It does work indeed.
But it's not really easy to use.

If you close the freeway before a junction the freeway still isn't closed.
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby deeggo » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:01 pm

We have tried a couple of times to close a ramp with three champs and could rarely succeed to close it down. How often will you have three champs or more passing the same road works and taking time to close exactly the same turn? Never. So for me it just doesn't work.

I have never seen one in the wild.
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Re: World's Mega Traffic Events - All You Need To Know

Postby sketch » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:03 pm

I would hope at least that a L6 could one-shot close something, or two L3s, or an L5 and an L1, or six L1s closing the same segment. It should not take that much corroboration to close a segment, or else closures won't ever happen. They're difficult enough to report as it is.

We all know the client isn't anywhere near forgiving enough when it comes to reporting closures. I saw a dot-matrix sign a quarter mile before an intersection that said one road coming off it was closed. Even stopped at the second block before the intersection, I could not report that right turn closed.
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