Application of the Week: Waze

By Jeny Varughese
November 29, 2011

Do you love to travel a lot or just like to drive around but don’t have the budget to get a GPS navigation system? If so, Waze is the app for you.

Waze is a socially integrated GPS system, which features turn-by-turn navigation. This app uses data connection plus GPS tower connectivity to collect data and provide proper route guidance.

Waze is a community-driven application, which uses driver information to update its maps, traffic information, etc. The app automatically updates information as long as it is run while driving.

You can also take a more active role to report accidents, traffic jams and other road blocks so other Waze users can have access to that information and save time on their commute. You can also take pictures and upload them to send information to other users.

This app allows users to report mapping errors while on the go. The user can then log on to a computer and fix the errors and update information so other users have access to the right information. This app’s users can join several community groups to stay engaged with others who have downloaded the app.

Waze allows users to connect to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. It also has integrated games on it so users can stay active in the Waze community.

The Waze scoreboard lets users see what level they are on among other interactive features. The app also allows users to change moods; to unlock this feature, the user has to drive 100 miles with the app active. Also, by collecting bonus points users can move up ranks and levels in the gaming portion of the app.

Waze is available for a free download on devices using iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems.

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