Waze has released a new iOS app update that features a more modern look for its traffic and navigation service. Drivers will see a look that’s geared towards helping users better navigate, report accidents and road issues, and share tips. In short, what it hopes you’ll find is that there’s more of a focus on the driver and on what Waze calls the “social driving experience”.
Over the years, Waze has been making a series of updates to its apps aimed at making it simpler, but while it was a useful service, some may have been concerned that it wasn’t conducive to using it while driving. The last time the company rolled out a significant update was three years ago with improved guidance interface and the addition of text-to-speech capabilities.
The new app is certainly much cleaner than before features fewer taps in order to start a drive, send locations, and get directions to your destination. With just a tap of a button, drivers can get whatever they want. And the map interface has also been given a face-lift so that it has similar design qualities that you’d find with the maps product of its Google-turned-Alphabetowners.
Perhaps recognizing that users aren’t necessarily passengers, but the drivers themselves, instead of having to tap on each alert, Waze version 4.0 will send you alerts when you approach them automatically.
Other updates users will find are faster ways to send notification to the community about road issues like accidents, objects in the way, road closures, etc., as well as being able to send your ETA to friends much faster. There’s also a smart reminder feature that’ll remind you when you have to leave for events and parties based on the current traffic conditions and drive times.
In April, the company teased that a redesign was forthcoming when users inquired about why the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus wasn’t supported yet. This release is only available for iPhone users right now, but Waze says it’ll be coming soon for Android.
Today’s update seems to further integrate Waze into the Google core. The traffic and navigation app already has seen its real-time incident reports being incorporated into Google Maps, but this new version will give drivers perhaps a much better experience when trying to get around town.