I am aware that there is a large social component implemented in Waze, in order to send information to contribute to getting people to their destination in the best way possible, as well as other things such as user reports, goodies, pings, gas prices etc. I'm more than happy for Waze to have these components work only in cellular regions. I'm also aware that mapping requires a cellular signal to obtain road information. In the above post it was metioned that routes now pre-load for some distance, that is amazing! I am really happy to see that, for off-line capabilities (Apart from seeing this have the option to work on cellular as-well (With an On-Off switch in the settings)), that is all that I could have hoped for, this is after-all a crowed-sourced navigation/ mapping app and not one designed for off-line use.
But I'm also aware that (For my country, and many more) there exists no base map, and therefore there are no roads for navigation/ driving to occur on for any distance pass the end of the cellular coverage.
For my state, (I know other services exist in my country for other localities) there are accurate road details provided on
the Main Roads and Landgate websites (State government authorities
). These can assist greatly in the creation of roads in areas outside cellular covered regions.
First-off Bing is okay, in metropolitain regions. But really bad when it comes to rural towns, or other nodes or bands of cellular coverage of urbanised land away from the main metro-region. This is more what I was refering to above.
In W.A. there is many areas outside the main metropolitain area (Perth) where this will happen, as you leave one town and enter the next. The in-between area would have no cellular coverage, and therefore no Waze
, this was what I was hoping for, improvement in the ability for Waze to function in these in-between areas.
Caching data, as you guys have implemented (Pre-loading!!!
) is amazing, and I am hoping for an expansion in the ability for Waze to function here, by allowing user-reports to cache
(I.e pings, police, traffic (Both user and automatically generated) etc.) and for it to be sent, when a cellular connection is recieved. Likewise to the amount of kilometres, and navigation if started in a cellular covered area. Then, if no connection is received after a certain time (I.e 30 minutes) This data
(Kilometres / user-reports / traffic) would be void
, and not sent. (Also allow for adjustment in traffic dispersion) - I do still however expect navigation/ mapping to work outside these regions for a distance of say 100km in advance of the user
At present there exists no way to map these in-between regions. Bing maps (As above) is horrible to use (outside the metro area), due to poor quality imagery.
It is my belief that this particular issue
(In-ability to have any Waze mapping in areas of poor aerial imagery coverage) can be fixed by implementing a method to allow the addition of overlays into the map
. (Overlays being an image sourced from a third-party)
I am aware that Waze wishes to have only user generated maps, however this poses a great issue when the imagery source shows a town 2km2 in size to be nothing more than a white-like spec (With quality not increasing upon zoom), I cannot map that. An alternate way would be to import base-maps
, though I believe this may be a lengthy process.
P.S. I was in a bit of a rage earlier more at something else that anything to do with Waze.