Waze joins Google

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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby steveningelbrecht » Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:38 pm

Congrats to the Waze founders and Waze Team!
Already looking forward for more news about how this will effect the maps and editing needs...
Very curious on what this will mean for the search function...
Very curious about a lot of things!

But i guess it's time to celebrate for you, first!
Enjoy!
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby StealthNinjaPeaceful » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:09 pm

So will waze then be integrated into google maps completely eventually?
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby somewherez » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:07 pm

Hmm just did a spot check, early afternoon well known trouble spot Twin Bridges roundabout Bracknell Berks.

Google Maps with traffic - major tailbacks on 3 of the roads entering this roundabout.

Waze Map - Nothing happening at all.

So, Google maps have a massive advantage in having ALL the realtime traffic movement.
Waze must be relying on Waze users only, and no Waze users happen to be using their app near Twin Bridges Bracknell.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby somewherez » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:47 am

Google in UK uses Highway Agency data
http://www.itpro.co.uk/607479/google-ge ... ays-agency

UK Highway agency uses mobile network data
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/25 ... _tracking/

TomTom has used anonymised tracking info from the mobile operators for a long time - every phone is tracked based on tower triangulation and movement interpolation (rather than using the phone's GPS which would require the phone owner to enable it)
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby somewherez » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:38 am

AFAIK Google gets its traffic info in the UK from one of the mobile phone operators.
I have noticed that Waze seem to have an equally dense indication on its route maps showing stretches of slow traffic. Surely such density is not possible using other Waze users' tracking alone?
I an wondering if
a) Waze has a traffic activity feed from a UK mobile network
b) Waze gets to share Google's traffic activity feed

One thing that makes Waze better is how clearly on its map the slow stretches are shown, with a bright red line with traffic crawling like a queue of ants.

Google Maps on IOS by comparison forces me to squint hard for the same info. But especially, Google Maps does not have a list of alternative routes based on traffic info, like Waze does.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby smegtrek » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:38 pm

Don't know how I feel about this yet. If my Waze gets more "googlized" then I won't be happy.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby slandrum » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:20 pm

Waze's traffic highlighting is currently broken.

If you report any hazard on the road you are driving on, you will usually get an immediate color update for the segment you are on (and sometimes for several segments near you).
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby sketch » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:34 pm

^ Agreed
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby sketch » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:20 pm

iainhouse wrote:There are differing opinions over which method of highlighting is better. In my opinion, Google's highlighting is better if you want to look at the map & navigate yourself. Waze's is better if you're going to trust Waze to do the routing. If you hit a delay and nothing is highlighted, you can assume that this delay is normal for the time of day and hope that Waze has correctly taken account of it. :lol:

Agreed. Waze giving you a different route when you can clearly see on the map that there is "no traffic" on your usual route is no way to build trust. At a minimum, Waze should at least passively show you why you're taking the other way home.
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Re: Waze joins Google

Postby sketch » Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:24 am

Waze will not be using Google's maps.

Google has provided editors with tools (street view, aerials) to aid in editing our maps, which remain separate.

You can't add Google+ friends yet because change takes time. There are many more important features and problems the Waze development team needs to address first. I'm sure it's inevitable at this point.
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