It’s that time. It’s the end of a long work day, you’ve gotten to the point that you completely disconnected your phone, and you’re ready to leave. You walk out to your car, ready to get home, sit back, and relax. However, as you start getting into your car, you notice the highway – it’s completely backed up. Nobody is going anywhere.
Enter Waze, your new navigation buddy. Flip on your phone, hit the widget on your screen, and let it tell you how to get home.
Waze is a social GPS though, so as you start home, you notice other drivers, also ready to get home. You can click on any of them and see their speed, which let’s you notice that about a mile ahead, someone is going 65mph. Awesome – you’ll be able to get home quickly taking this route. Except one problem – you forgot to get gas this morning, because you were running late for work. No problem, let Waze find you a gas station with the lowest price – possibly even one that offers a 10 cent discount for Waze users!
So now you’ve got your gas, and a Snickers to tide you over Once again, you are on your way home, and a little impatient. You’re speeding a bit (ok, well maybe more than a bit, I think that old lady you just passed might need to stop for the restroom). Suddenly, Waze let’s you know there’s a speed trap up ahead, about a half mile. So you slow down, crest the hill, and wave a friendly hello to the cop standing by his motorbike with radar in hand.
As you exit the highway to head home, Waze also announces there is a red-light camera up ahead. Probably a good thing, since you already have a few tickets for that.
With the help of Waze, you managed to get home from work in half the time, save some money, and avoid the law. That’s the power of Waze.
Waze is more than a GPS – it’s a social GPS. You can see other Wazers on the road around you, and even chat with them. You’ll be able to report / see others reports on police (hidden or visible), hazards, traffic jams, cameras, accidents, etc. When Waze detects that someone has slowed down, far below the speed limit, it will ask them if they are in traffic. If they are, it will update everyone’s GPS map with a nice red line showing there is heavy traffic there, so you can see it before you get there, and go ahead and take a detour.
You can also set your home and work addresses (and more if you’d like) for quick navigation access from the widget on your home screen. With 20 million users, all reporting traffic conditions and hazards, if you aren’t already using Waze, you should – I use it daily. Just to make things more fun, Waze also has a scoring system – the more you drive, the more you report, the more points you get. With more points, you can rank up, and your avatar will get cool swag that you can proudly wear for others to see.