Technology Tidbit: The Waze App – Community Based Traffic Navigation Tool

[Reader-submitted] For those of us constantly traveling, I think you would enjoy a finely programed free app that surely helps with traffic detection and live road conditions and updates. It is called Waze, by some Israeli.

Waze is built on a GPS platform and is constantly user updated. It allows for various reporting and other basic social inputs from members of your group(s) or other users in your vicinity. All in all, Waze gives you live updates from other users in your area. It is very useful.

A word of caution, while it is worthy to use in any situation, it is addictive. Be careful how you offer updates while driving. Also, it does drain any battery, so if using for longer periods of time, perhaps shut the screen off and check periodically. Enjoy.

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  1. it drains battery faster than it can charge so even if you leave it plug it in you will still be using up battery very fast!
    That said, it is a great program! It is constantly updating you on traffic conditions and hidden traps ahead based on other users GPS tracking and input!
    Years ago, I remember seeing a GPS unit that worked on the same principle but costed $1000!

  2. to #3
    It is one of the most popular apps around … they do not need any advertising on tls – it would not even be noticeable to them.

    Oh and its free so no need to buy it!

  3. I’ve been using Waze for quite some time now. It is unlike any other GPS or mapping program out there. The updates are not satellite based, but rather user based in real time. It will notify you of accidents, traffic, obstacles etc. on the road up ahead. It does this with precision based on users input from driver like yourself up ahead. It also will notify you if there are visible or hidden police cars up ahead and warn you of hazards on your route. It will in addition reroute you to a faster route based on live traffic reports from up ahead. Well worth the download, saved me hours of traffic as well as possible other expenses…

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